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Lankan Tamil newspaper office torched in pre-dawn attack

Lankan Tamil newspaper office torched in pre-dawn attack

Colombo: A Tamil language daily newspaper's office was attacked by armed men early this morning in the northern Sri Lankan town of Jaffna.

Police said the Jaffna office of the 'Uthayan' newspaper had come under attack around 5 am (local time) today when two unidentified armed men stormed the office and chased away the security staff.

They then set fire to newspapers and news print reams.

Gun shots had been fired at the main printing machine, police said.

"We have started an investigation", police spokesman Buddhika Siriwardena said.

Uthayan's distribution office in Kilinochchi in the north was also attacked on April 3.

The Tamil paper known for its Tamil nationalist content has come under attack several times in the past during the LTTE's separatist campaign.

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