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Home Guard (Sri Lanka)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 261
Country: Sri Lanka
Date formed: July 29, 1983
Details of Formation: Muslim and Sinhalese village protection unit.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: exists Dec 2007. 2009 known as Civil Defense Forces.
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type2
Government Link(s): state/military institution
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no
Types of Material Support: domestic government
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: ethnic; religious; village/rural; peasants
Location: North-East, Ampara, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura district, Ankumbura town, Kathankudy
Force Strength: [17000, 22000]
Target(s): rebels, insurgents, or other armed group; ethnic group
Purpose(s): protect state, national or religious institutions; self-defense and security
Other Information: minimially trained and armed (shotguns). Stipend paid to volunteers. One source suggest ruling political party some role in selection.