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US State Department concerned

2013 Aug 10

The United States has expressed its concern over the shooting incident in Sri Lanka that resulted in the death of three people, and communicated its concerns to the Rajapaksa Government.

“We are concerned by recent violent incidents, including shootings in Weliweriya, Sri Lanka. We are particularly concerned by reports that people seeking refuge in a Catholic church were attacked there, there is never any excuse for violence attack particularly in a house of worship,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, according to the PTI news agency.

The United States offers its condolences to the family of the deceased and injured and continue to urge all sides to exercise restraint and respect right to people protest, she said.

“We communicated our concerns as well to the Government of Sri Lanka,” Psaki said in response to a question on the killing of three unarmed civilians by the Sri Lankan army after residents of this township, northeast of Colombo, and surrounding villages were protesting a factory’s discharges of chemical waste that were polluting drinking water.

The Government argues that the military was acting in self-defence as the protesters threw gasoline bombs. The Government has announced compensation to the victims.

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