3 civilians killed, 2 children, mother wounded in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 04 September 2006, 19:57 GMT]
Motorbike riding Sri Lanka Army (SLA) men in civil clothes shot and killed three civilians in three separate shootings in Jaffna Monday. An owner of a garage 100 meters away from an SLA sentry point in Stanley Road in Jaffna, a devotee returning home from Thurkai Amman Temple festival was gunned down at Maruthanarmadam Junction and a painter was shot dead in Uduppidy in Vadamaradchi. Two 8-year-old children and a mother wounded in the shootings were admitted to Jaffna hospital.

The gunmen shot and kiled Sundaramoorthi Baskaran, 31, owner of a garage, located on Stanely Road, 100 meters away from a SLA sentry point Monday.

Muthuthamby Jeyakanthan, 43, an Internally Displaced father of one, residing in Maruthanarmadam was shot dead while he was returning home from Tellippalai Thurkai Amman temple at Marutharmandam junction Monday noon. He was riding in bicyle with his wife, Rajeswari Jeyakanthan, 35, and their 8-year-old daughter. The mother and the daughter were seriously wounded and rushed to Jaffna Hospital.

Kanthasamy Nagulanathan, 28, a house painter, was shot dead at Udupiddy junction in Vadamaradchi around 12:30 p.m. while he was shopping in a supermarkert Monday. An 8-year-old boy from American Mission School, Ramachandran Thanushan, waiting for a bus, was wounded in the shooting and admitted to Manthikai hospital.

The assailants in Uduppiddy escaped through SLA checkpost while the SLA troopers manning the checkpost were watching on, civilian sources said.


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