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5 killed, 28 wounded in SLAF attacks on Murasumoaddai for second day

[TamilNet, Thursday, 01 January 2009, 09:41 GMT]
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombers hit civilian settlements three times in Murasumoaddai in Vanni killing civilians and causing injuries to many on Thursday. At least 5 civilians have been reported dead so far by the medical staff at Tharmpuram hospital. 28 civilians, including five children, were admitted at the hospital after the attacks. Civilians were still trapped in the site as Sri Lanka Army (SLA) launched artillery barrage on the settlement after the indiscriminate air strike. 10 civilians have been killed and more than 50 wounded within 30 hours on Wednesday and Thursday in Murasumoaddai.

Mortuary at Tharmapuram hospital on January 01, 2009
Mortuary at Tharmapuram hospital on January 01, 2009. 5 civilians killed in Murasumoaddai.
Three civilians, Rasiah Vasuky, a lady teacher, her 67-year-old father Saravanamuthu Rasiah, and a 26-year-old male S. Saravananthan, were killed on the spot. Two civilians, Muththulingam Selvarajah, 28, and Thuraisamy Prasanthan, 23, succumbed to their wounds at the hospital in Tharmapuram.

Civilians were blocked from fleeing from the carnage as SLA launched artillery barrage on the settlements. Many wounded were trapped at the locality unable to be transported to hospital in Tharmapuram.

The indiscriminate bombardments has taken place between 3rd and 4th Mile Post on Paranthan Mullaiththeevu Road.

Sri Lanka has stepped up attacks on civilians in Vanni as global attention was focused on Gaza strip.

Murasumoaddai civilians
Murasumoaddai civilians


The motive behind the intensified attacks by the SLAF and SLA on civilian targets aims to instill fear and panic in the hearts of civilians in Vanni.

25 of the wounded were identified by the medical authorities:

  1. Rasaratnam Rajinthan, 8, 4th Mile Post
  2. Michael Jeevan, 13,
  3. Sinnarasa, 16,
  4. A. Sinnavan, 16,
  5. Poopalasingam Rathan, 18, Murasumoaddai
  6. Pathmini, 19, (female)
  7. Vijayakumari, 28, (female) 4th Mile Post
  8. Selvarajah Selvaratnam, 28, from 4th Mile Post, Murasumoaddai
  9. Mayalaku Ariyathas, 28,
  10. Suppiah Rathi, 30, Chu'ndikku'lam
  11. S. Viji, 30, (female)
  12. Michael, 36
  13. I. Jeyaranjini, 42, (female) 4th Mile Post
  14. S. Nageswaran, 45, Visuvamadu
  15. Yogalingam, 48,
  16. Mahalingam, 50, Ka'n'naki Nakar, Visuvamadu
  17. Sachchithananantham Pushpalalitha, 55, (female) 4th Mile Post, Murasumoaddai
  18. Thambipillai, 60, Murasumoaddai
  19. Nagamma, 62, (female) 5th Mile Post, Murasumoaddai
  20. Arulappan Atputharasa, 68, Murasumoaddai
  21. Nirmalarajah Losana (female)
  22. Vigneswaran,
  23. K. Rangan,
  24. Virthuran,
  25. Pushparajah,


Murasumoaddai civilians
Murasumoaddai civilians
Murasumoaddai civilians
Murasumoaddai civilians
Murasumoaddai civilians


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