By Simon Gardner.
An undated handout image released October 22, by Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers rebels shows suicide fighters posing with their leader V. Prbhakaran before taking part in an air attack at dawn today on the Sri Lankan Air Force base in Anurudhapura. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Wednesday accused the military of abusing conventions on the treatment of war dead but the military denied it had behaved wrongly and said photos showing naked bodies had been doctored.
Witnesses said that after the photos were taken some of the dead were stripped, however, and their naked bodies piled into the back of a tractor trailer to be driven to a mortuary in the northern district of Anuradhapura. Several journalists saw the bodies on the way to the mortuary after hearing rumours, and the photographs were widely circulated on Web sites on Tuesday and published in one local newspaper on Wednesday. The military denied any of the bodies were naked, and said the pictures had been doctored.
We do not want to do things like that. The Tigers sent out a statement on Wednesday condemning the incident as a violation of the Geneva Convention. Fourteen military personnel were killed, and the government said on Wednesday eight aircraft, including helicopters, a spy plane and training aircraft were destroyed -- far more damage than the military initially reported.
Witnesses said the tractor trailers, used normally to collect garbage, were accompanied by military personnel and stopped for several minutes at a junction where a crowd of dozens of people had gathered in the rain as word of the trip to the mortuary got around. The hospital mortuary, where the bodies were being taken, was just metres away.
There was no traffic. Two tractors came, one with naked bodies and the other with black plastic bags.
I p those are the blown up bodies of suicide cadres. Nearly 70, people have been killed since the war began inand while the military has had the upper hand in recent months, analysts see no clear winner on the horizon and say the conflict could rumble on for years.
World News Updated. By Simon Gardner 4 Min Read.