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2 civilians killed, 11 wounded, SLAF bombs A'lampil

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 11 July 2007, 11:39 GMT]
A 15-year-old boy and a 51-year-old woman were killed and 11 civilians, including a one-year-old baby, were wounded when a Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir fighter jet bombed fishermen on shore near the Church of Vealangkanni in A'lampil Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. Five children below 16 years of age were wounded in the SLAF bombardment. The Kfir bomber flew at low altitude, targeted the fishermen families who were sorting fish on the shore and dropped two bombs on them. A 15-year-old victim, P. Premkumar, has lost both of his legs in the attack. The SLAF bombardment on civilian target comes while the Norwegian Ambassador is on a visit to Ki'linochchi to meet with the LTTE Political Head.

SLAF bombing in A'lampil
Bomb crater in the shore. [Photo: TamilNet]


SLAF bombing in A'lampil
One-year-old baby wounded in SLAF bombardment. [Photo: TamilNet]
A'lampil is located 13 km southeast of Mullaiththeevu town.

The fishermen have been dependent on shore net fishing since the Sri Lanka Navy gunboats have been firing at their fishing vessels in the high seas off A'lampil.

Two civilians killed on the spot were identified as Anantham Selva, 15, Sree Balasubramaniam Kanthamalar, 51.

The wounded were identified as Dias Arulsan, 01, his sister Dias Alaiyarasi, 04, S. Sarathkumar, 12, Ki. Thusyanthini, 10, P. Premkumar, 15, S. Tharsan, 18, K. Sivarasa, 39, J. Veathanyagam, 46, Thi. Poomani, 52, D. Thiyagarajah, 67 and N. Alfred, 67.

Two of the wounded in serious condition, Premkumar and Tharsan, were transferred to Ki'linochchi hospital.

Two huts belonging to brothers Nakamuththu Sinnnarasa and Nakamuththu Kiddinan were destroyed in the attack.

A civilian settlement of 1200 Internally Displaced fishermen, including those who relocated from Mayiliddi in Jaffna district, is located 300 meters from the attack site.

Mullaiththeevu Government Agent Ms. Imelda Sukumar said had received a report from Karai I'rappattu area official who verified that the SLAF bombardment's target was a civilian target, 100%.




SLAF bombing in A'lampil
Wounded fishermen, admitted at Mullaiththeevu hospital. [Photo: TamilNet]
No aircraft circled around the area till a Kfir bomber flew at low altitude and targeted the fishermen and their families who were sorting their catch of the day.
A'lampil bombardment
At least two boats were destroyed in the bombardment
SLAF bombing in A'lampil
A fishing hut destroyed in SLAF bombardment. [Photo: TamilNet]


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