2 killed, 2 wounded in DPU claymore explosion

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 January 2007, 04:24 GMT]
Two Agriculture Department officials were killed and 2 wounded Friday morning when a vehicle belonging to the department, transporting fruit plants, was hit by a Sri Lankan Deep Penetration Unit Claymore mine blast around 8:45 in Nedunkerni, 37 km northeast of Vavuniya. One of the two Claymore mines, triggered by the DPU attackers, exploded. Sri Lanka Army launched an artillery attack, firing around 25 shells towards the attack site, after the Claymore explosion.

Vehicle belonging to SL Agriculture Department, transporting fruit plants was attacked by SLA Deep Penetration Unit inside LTTE controlled Nedunkerni

The officials killed in the Claymore explosion were identified as Agriculture Officer (AO) Tharmalingam Ganesalingam, 59, father of 3 and Subject Matter Officer (SMO) Vetrivel Mahendran, 52, a father of 3.

Two seriously wounded, identified as K. Kurukulasingham,53, an agriculture staff and Arumugam Sithiravelautham, the driver of the department vehicle, were rushed to Nedunkerni hospital and transferred to Vavuniya hospital.

Mr. Sithiraveluatham is in critical state, according to Vavuniya hospital.

ICRC official from Vavuniya, Meytrauo Claire, together with Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRC) officials facilitated the transport of the dead and wounded.

Vavuniya District Head of Political Wing of the LTTE had contacted the ICRC as SLMM officials were not available to facilitate the transport arrangements, sources in Kilinochchi said.

The officials and driver had come from the Sri Lanka Army controlled Vavuniya town Thursday and were transporting fruit plants from Nedunkerni towards Nainamadu when their pickup vehicle was attacked at Iyan kovilady, Nedunkerni Prathesa Sabai officer S. Paranthaman said.

The vehicle, with registration number 53-0904, was completely destroyed in the attack.

Nedunkerni hospital has limited facilities as the only doctor, Kathirkamathamby Jeyamalina, his wife, driver and two nurses were killed, when DPU attacked their ambulance on August 09.

The claymore mines were placed by a deep penetration unit of the Sri Lanka Army troopers who were believed to have come from Padaviya in the north of Anuradhapura district, Tamileelam Police offcials in Kilinochchi said.

Nedunkerni is located in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam controlled area in Vavuniya district.


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