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A ranking Sri Lankan government official has been found slain after he was seized by separatist guerrillas in the island's troubled north. Another official abducted with him was freed, government sources said. Security forces of the Sinhalese-majority regime suspect that ethnic Tamil separatists are behind the killing of K. Gnachandran, chief provincial administrator for the Mulativu district, whose body was found with gunshot wounds in the head. Thilingan Kirubaitilakan, a deputy planning director, was reported unharmed.

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