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Artillery barrage kills 44 civilians, 178 wounded in 'safety zone'

[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 January 2009, 15:25 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) stepped up indiscriminate artillery barrage towards the heart of 'safety zone' since Thursday noon killing at least 44 civilians and causing injuries to 178, initial reports from Vanni said. The shelling has targeted Chuthanthirapuram 100-housing scheme, where at least 7 civilians were reported killed. 16 civilians were reportedly killed and scores wounded near St. Antony's Church in Chuthanthirapuram.

At least 7 civilians were killed at Iruddumadu, where the 'safety zone' begins.

A child seriously injured in SLA artillery shelling at Udaiyaarkaddu makeshift hospital
A wounded civilian taken to Udaiyaarkaddu hospital


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