Medical shop assistant shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 22 March 2007, 12:16 GMT]
A woman employee of a pharmacy located in front of Jaffna Teaching Hospital along Hospital road within the High Security Zone (HSZ) demarcated by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) was shot dead at 9:45 a.m. Thursday by two unknown gunmen who arrived in a motor cycle and pretended to buy medicine, sources in Jaffna said.

Uthayajothika Kapilan, 27, from Kaithady was working at the Westco pharmacy, when she was killed. She died on the spot.

Local traders who witnessed the escaping gunmen said that the gunmen rode with ease towards Vembadi Junction where there is a heavy presence of SLA troopers, and blamed the Sri Lanka Intelligence operatives for the killing.

Uthayajothika's killing is the second within the last 10 days. Earlier, a pavement trader was shot dead in similar fashion.


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