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High level of military and STF presence in Jaffna

The Sri Lankan government has deployed a large number of military and STF personnel in the Jaffna peninsula.

Armoured military vehicles and armed military and STF personnel are seen patrolling the streets of Jaffna, evoking the memories of the armed conflict.

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The deployment follows a series of highly politicised gang and individual crimes in Jaffna within the past week, which the government claims were carried out by ex-LTTE combatants, making them targets of state-violence.

Activists suggest that the Sri Lankan government is using the increase in  criminality in Jaffna as a pretext for keeping the district under military rule.