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Tamil teacher shot dead in Vavuniya
[TamilNet, Saturday, 10 February 2007, 01:55 GMT]
Unknown gunmen shot dead a male teacher in Pattanichchur Puliyankulam area in Vavuniya Friday evening at 7:40 p.m., Vavuniya Police said. The killing brings the number of homicides by armed men in Vavuniya in February to 6, sources in Vavuniya said.
The victim was identified as Thambirajah Thileepan, 40, a teacher at the Vavuniya Poonthottam Government Mixed School.
His body has been transferred to Vavuniya Teaching hospital for postmortem examinations.
Vavuniya Police is investigating into the killing. Police said motives for the killing are not yet established.
Of the six victims killed by unknown armed men in Vavuniya this month, four were identified as civilians, one was a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officer, and the other was a home-guard.
The total number shot dead in Vavuniya in January was reported as 59. The total includes 36 civilians, 9 SLA soldiers, 8 Police officers and 6 alleged members of Liberation Tigers. Four of the 36 civilians were Sinhalese.
Pattanichchur is located 3km west of Vavuniya town.