Lanka War May Have Killed 40,000 Civilians, Washington Post Says

The Sri Lankan military’s offensive against the Tamil Tigers in 2008 and 2009 may have killed as many as 40,000 civilians, the Washington Post reported, citing a United Nations panel set up by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Most of the dead may have been victims of indiscriminate shelling by Sri Lankan forces, the Post said, citing the committee.

The panel has recommended setting up an “independent international mechanism” to probe allegations of war crimes by the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, according to the report.

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