Families flee Vankalai after claymore kills SLA trooper

[TamilNet, Friday, 02 June 2006, 11:07 GMT]
Nearly a hundred families consisting of around 500 members fled from their villages near Vankalai in Mannar Thursday around 7:30 p.m when Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troopers based at the Vankalai SLA camp opened indiscriminate fire on the residents for 20 minutes after a Claymore explosion killed a SLA soldier in Naruvilikulam, sources said. The claymore targeting a two-wheel tractor carrying dinner to the SLA check post killed one soldier and injured two, said sources from Vankalai.

A. Lorenzia, a 12 year old girl and her father A. Arulnesan, 42, were seriously injured in the SLA fire were taken to the Murungan District hospital only Friday around 6.50 a.m, due to unstable situation in the area, said the sources.

200 members of 20 families of Pasthipuri, Suhanthapuri and Somaspuri villages near Naruvilikulam in Vankalai Mannar who fled immediately after the attack and have sought refuge in the Vankalai St. Anne's Church, said sources.

Only about 15% of the 245 to 250 families in the Naruvilikulam region in the Nanatan Divison remain in their homes while the rest have fled seeking refuge in churches in the nearby villages.

There are 22 members of six families in Umanahary Church, 100 members of 25 families in Avanam Church, 100 members of 46 families in Vanchiankulam Church and 15 families in Madukkarai kulam besides around 100 persons staying with relatives in Vanchiankulam, added the sources.

Nanattan Divisional Secretary Mr. N. Thirugnanasambanthar visited the displaced families at Umanahari followed by Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) officers Friday, said sources.

 

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