Paramilitary opens fire on Muslim worshippers at Mosque in Kaaththaankudi

[TamilNet, Saturday, 12 January 2008, 15:33 GMT]
Paramilitary gunmen from Pillayaan Group opened fire on Muslims who were emerging from a Mosque in Karbala village in Aaraiyampathi Saturday at 7:55 p.m. Three persons, including a chief Mawlawi were wounded, two of them were in critical state, eyewitnesses told TamilNet. Tension prevails in the village with longstanding settlement dispute between the Tamil and Muslim communities. Shops were closed and additional police and Special Task Force personnel have been rushed to the village, Police said.

The attack comes following the killing of a Tamil trader in Kaaththaankudi Friday night.

The seriously injured Muslim victims were identified as Mawlawi Mohamed Fareed, 38, Faizer, 36, and M. Alavudeen, 44.

Eyewitnesses told Kaaththaankudi police that Shanthan, a key paramilitary operative of Pillaiyaan (TMVP) group, opened fire on the Muslims walking out of the mosque after Saturday evening prayers.


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