Death toll rises to 16 in Padahuthurai bombardment

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 January 2007, 14:26 GMT]
A young mother of a child victim Uthayakumar Malini, seriously wounded in the Sri Lanka Air Force bombardment on Padahuthurai coastal hamlet in Iluppaikadavai Tuesday morning, succumbed to her wounds at Kilnochchi hospital Wednesday. Her 18 months old baby girl, Uthayakumar Tharsika, died Tuesday night at Kilinochchi hospital.

The young mother victim, Ms. Malini, is 27 years old.

13 victims of the bombardment were identified Tuesday night: Anthonipillai Rasakumari, 52, a mother, Anthonipillai Kutti, 26, Anthonipillai Velastin, 30, a mother and her husband Kugan, their 2-years-old son Dayalan, 4-years-old daughter Dayalini, and 1-year-old baby boy of their relative, I. Madusan, V. Tharsini, 8, Jhomson, 9, Vinosan, 6, Uthayakumar, 55, V. Vijitha, 28, and Kili, 32.

Sri Lanka Army blocked ambulances from Mannar from crossing Uyilankulam entry point to transport the wounded civilians. Critically wounded victims were transported to Mulankavil and from there to Kilinochchi located 50 km northeast of Illuppaikkadavai (geographic distance). The road distance is around 80 km.


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