SLAF jets kill 8 civilians

[TamilNet, Thursday, 26 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Eight civilians, including a school girl, were killed and many were wounded when Sri Lankan Air Force Kfir jets bombed Vattakkachchi and Periyakulam east of Paranthan, this morning around 8.30 a.m, said latest reports from the Vanni. A fifty year old woman identified as Sellammah was blown to smithereens as a 250 Kilogram high explosive bomb exploded on her house, said local residents. Residents said that only a few pieces of the saree she was wearing were found on a nearby tree.

Names of the people killed in the airstrike are:

1.Velayutham Mangaiarkarasi (Yalini) 18, GCE (A.L) student. 2.Krishnasamy Vallippillai (displaced from Varani in Jaffna) 3.Thanapaal,55, of Vattakkachchi 4.Namasivayam Balasingham, 55 5.Muththaiah Vasanthakumari,25 6.Sellappah Thangavelu,45 of Velikkandal in Kandavalai 7.Thangavel Sivapaakkiyam, 43 8.Ramanathan Sellammah.

kfir.jpgThe right leg of an eighteen year old girl, Kumari, was blown off completely below her hip. Doctors at the Puthukkudyiruppu hospital had to remove her damaged left leg below the knee the residents said.

Two seriously wounded civilians identified as Balasingham, 55, and Velayutham Yaalini, 18, died while they were being rushed to the medical centre at Tharumapuram.

Panchalingam Paamini, 22, (school teacher), Selvarajah 40, Kathirkaamu Akileswari, 27, and Thevaki Ramanathan of Murasumoddai were also wounded in the SLAF bombing.

Sources in the Vanni said that details of other wounded civilians are yet to be known.

Two tractors and several houses were destroyed in the SLAF bombing, said residents.

SLAF said earlier that they had identified and bombed a garage belonging to the Liberation Tigers in Murasumoddai which is near Vattakkachchi.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by the Ministry of Defence this afternoon said:

"On 26 March 1998 in the early hours of the day at Vattakachchi, East of Paranthan kfir ground attack aircraft of the Sri Lanka Air Force bombed and destroyed a LTTE forward base. Vehicles inclusive of tractors and a few thatched huts were completely destroyed due to the air attack."

 

Latest 15 Reports
14.07.20 22:14  
SL Navy ‘updates’ records of ex-LTTE members in Moothoor East
13.07.20 16:30  
Sonia-Rahul’s Congress advocates India strengthening US-led “Quad” alliance
12.07.20 10:04  
Sinhala Police OIC hit Tamil women with vehicle for opposing monks-led heritage ‘task force’
11.07.20 03:40   Photo
CBK, Kadirgamar condemned at Navaali genocidal massacre remembrance event
10.07.20 00:05   Photo
SL Police harasses Shivajilingam at 25th Remembrance of Navaali massacre in Jaffna
09.07.20 09:33  
SL Navy brutally assaults Tamil fishers in Mullaith-theevu
08.07.20 16:33   Photo
Sinhala colonists encroach into Kangku-veali, Mean-kamam reservoirs in Trincomalee
07.07.20 19:36   Photo
Colombo schemes to expand ilmenite scooping into North from Pulmoaddai in East
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=1188