Tamil Widow's Complaint to NI Ombudsman On RUC "Shoot-to-Kill"

Declassified British official documents reveal that, in 1983, the RUC advised police officers in Sri Lanka on counter-insurgency methods shortly after a new "special unit" shot dead six men in County Armagh.

Sri Lankan police set up an almost identical commando unit shortly afterwards, called the Special Task Force. The complainant, who cannot be named for safety reasons, says “the Special Task Force was responsible for the murder of my family” in 1986. Both the RUC and Sri Lankan units consisted of heavily armed police officers who underwent special forces training.