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Ethnic Tamils Expelled From Sri Lankan Capital Given Permission to Return

Nearly 200 ethnic Tamils have returned to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, after being expelled by police as part of a crackdown on Tiger rebels.

Government authorities provided transportation for some of the men, women and children forcibly removed from the city earlier this week.

On Thursday, police raided several Tamil areas and forced more than 350 people to board buses bound for the north and east of the country. A Sri Lankan military spokesman said the move was the result of security concerns.

On Friday, Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ordered authorities to stop the evictions.

President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered an investigation into the operation and said disciplinary action will be taken against any officials who committed wrongdoing.

The expulsions were condemned by governments around the world.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP .