Civilians flee artillery barrage east of Madu, 1 killed

[TamilNet, Friday, 23 March 2007, 07:28 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army launched heavy artillery and Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher fire on Periya Pandivirichchan 2 km east of Madu church. An MPCS worker attached to the Madu Multi Purpose Co-Operative Society (MPCS) secretariat was killed in the artillery fire, initial reports said. Civilians are caught in tension as they couldn't determine where to flee. Artillery shells exploded near the Central Dispensary in Periya Pandivirichchan village.

The civilian victim was identified as Joseph Manuelpillai, 51, a watcher at the MPCS.

Heavy artillery and MBRL rocket fire was stepped up on the settlement near Madu church since Thursday midnight from the SLA camp in Piramanalankulam Junction on Mannar - Vavuniya Road and Madu Road Junction on Mannar Madawachchi Road.

The wounded were rushed to dispensary in Pallamadu.

Madu is situated 36 km east of Mannar and 35 km west of Vavuniya.



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