SLA shells Church in Valaignarmadam, Fr. James Pathinathar wounded

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 April 2009, 08:07 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) stepped up artillery and mortar barrage on Valaignarmadam Wednesday killing and maiming civilians who have sought refuge at several locations. Rev Father James Pathinathar, a prominent Catholic priest was injured in SLA shelling that hit the Church in Valaignarmadam Wednesday noon, initial reports said.

Rev. Fr. James Pathinathar
Rev. Fr. James Pathinathar [TamlNet Library Photo]
The SLA shelling on Tuesday killed a doctor and seven persons including medical staff at a makeshift medical centre in the same area.

As SLA was continuing to monitor civilian movement and directs attacks on fleeing civilians towards LTTE areas, immediate transport for wounded towards the RDHS run makeshift hospital in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal was severely disturbed, reports TamilNet correspondent from Vanni.

Exact casualty figures are yet to emerge.


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