SLAF again bombs civilian settlements in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 August 2007, 17:38 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Mi-24 helicopter gunship bombed civilian settlements in Nedungkea'ni in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled territory in Vavuniyaa north from Tuesday midnight up to Wednesday noon, causing heavy damages schools, houses and cultivation, sources in Nedungkea'ni said. Residents of the villages bombed, scattering in panic, managed to save their lives, seeking shelter away from the exploding bombs.

The SLAF gunship targeted civilian settlements at Katku'lam, Maruthoadai, Keerichuddaan, Olumadu, and Nedungkea'ni in Nedungkea'ni area.

Schools in Olumadu and Maruthoadai were damaged by the bombs which fell on them while areas close to Nedungkea'ni Regional Secretariat too came under SLAF attack.

The bombs fell and exploded on cultivated fields causing heavy damage to crops while a house was totally demolished. No one was in the house when the gunship bombed it.

Monday morning, Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombed a civilian area in Maruthoadai, Nedungkea'ni Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) controlled territory in Vavuniyaa, killing a 20-year-old female.

A government school, Maruthoadai Tamil Mixed School, was destroyed in the bombardment.

A Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society building, a rice mill and two civilian houses were also damaged in the bombardment that took place twice between 6:40 and 7:10 a.m.

A couple, the owners of one of the houses, was seriously wounded in the air-attack.

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