4 killed, SLA artillery targets civilian settlement in Puthukkudiyiruppu
[TamilNet, Sunday, 11 January 2009, 03:11 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fired artillery shells killed four displaced civilians, including the parents and the daughter of a family, residing in the settlement located behind the hospital of Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaiththeevu district Saturday night, according to medical sources. Two of the killed victims were 17-year-old students. Four civilians, including a 5-year-old child were wounded in the indiscriminate artillery attack. Meanwhile, artillery barrage on Vaddakkachchi and Pu'liyampokka'nai in Ki'linochchi district continued, disrupting the access roads for civilians to move away from the areas that have come under artillery barrage.
A grandmother with a wounded child at the hospital
The families had displaced from Chlaavaththai in Mullaiththeevu to 9th division of Puthukkudiyiruppu after SLA offensive in the district.
The victims killed in the artillery attack which took place around 11:00 p.m. Saturday were: Kaaththan Thuraisamy, 61, the father, Sinnamma Thuraisamy , 55, the mother and their daughter Thamilini Thuraisamy, 17, and S. Thavakumar, 17.
Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital authorities identified the wounded as Manchu Kalatheepan, 26, Divya Kalatheepan, 5, Mariyamma, 60 and Suppiah, 62,
Tension prevails in Puthukkudiyiruppu.
An IDP hut destroyed in the SLA attack
Family members and relatives at hospital mortuary
Slain victims at the hospital mortuary
Attacked site behind Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital
A wounded victim talking to media
A child wounded in the attack
Photograph in posession of the family destroyed in the SLA attack: Father, mother and their daughter at a family ritual.