Massacre victims died of stab wounds - Medical Officer

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 27 December 2000, 16:21 GMT]
Bodies of the eight civilians found buried in Mirusuvil, Northern SriLanka yesterday, allegedly abducted and murdered by the Sri Lanka security forces, contained deep stab wounds around the necks, said the District Medical Officer, Dr. S. Kathiravetpillai, after his postmortem examination carried out at Manthikai General Hospital today.

A large number of people had assembled and somber mood prevailed as the relatives took the bodies home for proper burial, sources in Manthikai said.

All eight civilians murdered were between the ages of 5 and 41, and only two were found with their underwear on. The rest of the bodies were naked.

Medical examination also revealed that the victims were murdered on 19th of December, the same day they were abducted, hospital sources said.

Meanwhile, nine soldiers including an officer have been arrested on suspicion of having carried out the crime and are being questioned, police sources said.

W.M. Samarakoon, Chief Police Officer of Kodikamam district is leading the Police team in the murder investigations.

 

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