Teacher, mother killed, SLAF bombers target settlement, irrigation tank

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 August 2008, 15:13 GMT]
A 46-year-old teacher and a 35-year-old mother succumbed to their wounds at Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital, where six wounded civilians were admitted Saturday morning after an air-strike by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) at 10:00 a.m. A 2-month-old baby narrowly escaped death. The indiscriminate bombardment has destroyed more than 10 houses. The bombers also targeted an irrigation tank in Visuvamadu. Tension prevails in Mullaiththeevu district as the Sri Lankan military has stepped up artillery and aerial attacks targeting populated areas and basic civilian facilities.

SLAF bombardment in Mullaiththeevu
SLAF bombardment in Mullaiththeevu
One of the civilian houses damaged in SLAF airstrike.

Two SLAF bombers targeted the densely populated Ira'naippaalai located along the Puthukkudiyiruppu - Maaththa'lan Road in Mullaiththeevu district with at least 12 bombs, according to medical sources.

The teacher who succumbed to his injuries was identified as S. Thayaparan, a father of six. The other victim was K. Pasunkani, a mother of two.

The wounded civilians were identified as T. Suvaitha, 18, P. Rahini, 32, Vijayakumar, 39 and S. Moniya, 25.

After attacking the Ira'naippaalai settlement, the SLAF bombers targeted an irrigation tank and the cultivation field surrounding the tank at Visuvamadu, causing damage to the anicut. No civilian casualties were reported in the second attack in which 12 bombs were dropped.

SLAF bombardment in Mullaiththeevu
The teacher killed in SLAF indiscriminate bombardment in Mullaiththeevu
SLAF bombardment in Mullaiththeevu
The mother killed in SLAF indiscriminate bombardment in Mullaiththeevu.
SLAF bombardment in Mullaiththeevu
SLAF bombardment in Mullaiththeevu
One of the three civilian houses destroyed in the SLAF attack on Redd Barna village



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