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Kousalyan's death rocks Parliament

By V.S. Sambandan

COLOMBO, FEB. 9. Sri Lanka's Parliament was suspended briefly today following protests by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) demanding a government statement on Monday's killing of E. Kousalyan, a regional political wing leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in an ambush in north-central Sri Lanka.

The killing of Kousalyan and a former TNA MP, A. Chandranehru, figured in Parliament while the eastern Batticaloa and Amparai districts shut down to mourn the killing. In an adjournment motion, the LTTE-backed TNA's parliamentary group leader, R. Sampanthan, said the "planned and pre-arranged" killing of Kousalyan had raised "serious doubts" on the "role and/or complicity of the Government and its armed forces in the attack."

The location of the ambush, Mr. Sampanthan said, was in proximity to five army camps and raised questions "as to who could have carried out such an attack without being deterred by the strong presence of armed forces."

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