Another grenade attack on civilian residence in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Monday, 30 January 2006, 08:38 GMT]
Unknown attackers lobbed a grenade at a civilian residence in Vavuniya Sunday night. No one was wounded in the attack, which was the sixth grenade attack to be reported on civilian residences within the last few days, Vavuniya Police said. At least two houses of reputed businessmen were among the targets in Vavuniya. Incidents of extortions and violence, allegedly by paramilitary cadres, have escalated in Vavuniya.

The grenade attack on Sunday in Vavuniya was reported at Vepankulam, 3 km northwest of Vavuniya town. The house was also attacked on Pongal day on January 14th earlier, sources said.

The owner of the house has lodged complaints with the Human Rights Commission, the Police and the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Police said.

On Saturday, a mother and her two children were wounded in a grenade attack on the residence of a reputed businessman in Vavuniya, Chandrakumar, the owner of Gopi Agency.

The residence of the owner of Ratnam Travels, another trader in Vavuniya, was also attacked earlier last week, according to Police.

An unidentified extortionist was behind the killing of a private tutor, Kamalachandran, last Monday, according to the relatives of the victim.

36 persons have been killed in Vavuniya since the signing of Cease Fire Agreement, Vavuniya Police said. 35 women have been widowed and around 70 have lost their father, according to Vavuniya Police.

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