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24 Tamils abducted in Sri Lanka: Military

The Lankan forces blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the abductions.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2006 12:39 IST

Tamil rebels have kidnapped 24 Tamil teenagers, mostly girls, while they were attending class ahead of annual examinations, the Sri Lankan military said Tuesday.

The reported kidnapping took place in eastern Amparai on Monday evening, according to the military's spokesman, Brig Prasad Samarasinghe.

He blamed the country's rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

A person who answered the telephone at rebel headquarters in Kilinochchi said officials there were not immediately available to comment.

First Published: Dec 19, 2006 12:51 IST