Passengers travel in a train in Colombo on September 19, 2017. Due to its affordability, train travel is a popular mode of transport in this nation of 20 million people. (AFP / Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI)
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Sri Lanka commemorated the ninth anniversary of the end of its civil war as a divided nation Saturday, with minority Tamils calling for an international investigation into alleged wartime atrocities and the government defending soldiers from allegations.Sirisena said even though some accuse the military of war crimes, such allegations haven't been formally levied by world bodies such as the U.N. Human Rights Council. He said there were no proper records to show the number of civilians who died in the 26-year civil war but said it could be around 100,000 .
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