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SLAF airstrike kills 4 Tamil civilians, 10 wounded

[TamilNet, Sunday, 15 June 2008, 06:45 GMT]
Three civilians were killed on the spot Sunday morning when Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombed a civilian settlement of Internally Displaced Persons in Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaiththteevu district. Another civilian succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. 10 civilians, including a pregnant mother, were wounded in the air attack, Tamileelam Police said. Puthukkudiyiruppu Central College, located 100 meters away from the IDP settlement, zonal office of education, and temples in the vicinity have sustained damage in the SLAF attack. Tension prevails in the town as shrapnels from the air-blasts of the bombs were spread around the area.

Puthukkudiyiruppu bombing
Civilians searching for the remains after bombardment [Photo: TamilNet]


Puthukkudiyiruppu air attack
20-year-old Nakathampirasa killed in the SLAF air strike [Photo: TamilNet]
Puthukkudiyiruppu air attack
47-year-old Iyathurai Sundaralingam, father of three, killed in the attack [Photo: TamilNet]
Three Kfir bomber jets targeted Neasankudiyiruppu IDP settlement in six rounds at 9:15 a.m. The families had displaced in 1995 from Jaffna.

Four huts of the IDP families were fully destroyed.

20-year-old V. Nakathampirasa from Punnai Neeraavi in Visuvamadu, 47-year-old Iyathurai Sundaralingam, 47, father of three and Subramaniyam Sukanthan, from Muththaiyankaddu, were killed on the spot. Sukanthan's body was dug out hours later. Vinushan from Visuvamadu, who was admitted at the hospital, succumbed to his injuries there.

Kandasamy temple, bus station are located 200 meters from the attack site. Many civilians were in the market and the bus-station. The laboratory of Puthukkudiyiruppu Central College and the temple sustained damage in the attack.

The wounded were: R. Thangarasa, 42, from Neasankudiyiruppu, P. Asokan, 41, father of five, from Vea'naavil, I Pathmanathan, 71, father of nine, from Vea'naavil, S. Jeyamohini, 31, a pregnant and mother of one, from Neasankudiyiruppu, Kalaiththevan, 36, from ward no. 1 in Puthukkudiyiruppu, Ladchumanan, 58, from Katsilaimadu, S. Thines, 18, from ward no. 2 in Puthukkudiyiruppu, Chandran, 51, from ward no 10, K. Parpuhalan, 21, from ward no. 5 and V. Vinothan, 25, from Ira'naippaalai, Visuvamadu.

The wounded were rushed to Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital which is also located near the attack site.

Meanwhile, 'Ellalan Force', a shady identity in which name terror threats come from time to time, has warned last Monday that Sri Lankan forces should cease LRRP (Deep Penetration Unit) Claymore attacks and aerial bombardments against civilians to avoid 'revenge' attacks in South.

Puthukkudiyiruppu air attack
Civilians searching for the remains after bombardment [Photo: TamilNet]


Puthukkudiyiruppu air attack
Civilians searching for the remains after bombardment [Photo: TamilNet]
Puthukkudiyiruppu air attack
One of the remaining huts of the IDPs [Photo: TamilNet]
Puthukkudiyiruppu air attack
A 71-year-old man wounded in the attack [Photo: TamilNet]
Puthukkudiyiruppu air attack
Civilians searching for remains after their homes were destroyed in the air attack [Photo: TamilNet]
Puthukkudiyiruppu air attack
Pregnant mother wounded in the bombardment [Photo: TamilNet]
Puthukkudiyiruppu air attack
A wounded civilian being taken to hospital after first-aid [Photo: TamilNet]


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