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Sri Lanka releases more child soldiers on the anniversary of war victory

May 19, 2010

May 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Tuesday released more than 400 former LTTE suspects including 198 child soldiers to their families at a function held in Jaffna to mark the first anniversary of its military victory over the LTTE rebels.

Among the released child soldiers were 189 former rebels who were being educated at the Hindu College in Ratmalana after their capture according to a report in Daily Mirror.

At the end of the war the security forces have captured 11,000 LTTE combatants and sent them to rehabilitation camps. The ex-combatants receive education and vocational training at the Rehabilitation Centers.

The government intends to make the former combatants skilled professionals in various fields and utilize their support for the development of the country.

Sri Lanka security forces crushed the LTTE terrorist organization a year ago today, May 18, 2009, by killing the top leadership of the outfit in a decisive bloody battle.

The government was to celebrate the first anniversary of the war victory this week in a grand celebration at the Galle Face Green in downtown Colombo. However those plans have been put on hold as torrential rains have inundated much of the city.

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