Wednesday, December 20, 2006

LTTE Releases Students Who Were "Abducted by Mistake"

A group of students (figure varies from 23 to 24 in different news reports - Daily News/Lanka Newspapers ) and two teachers kidnapped by the LTTE on Monday were released on Tuesday after the incident was labeled a "mistake".

"It was a mistake by the field commanders, but we are taking strict disciplinary action against our own people involved in this," LTTE military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiriyan said when contacted by telephone.

And as always "Norwegian-led monitors said they had no immediate information about the incident while the UN children's fund UNICEF said they were also awaiting to hear from field officers in the abduction area."

I wish I could quit my increasingly dull and boring job and become a Norwegian monitor. That would require a very complicated series of events undoubtedly but damn, those people have the best job ever, so I am sure it will be worth it. Imagine being paid to live in a third world country just to issue vague statements like "no immediate information received" to the media on a regular basis?! Paradise found indeed!

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