SLAF air strike victim succumbs to injuries

[TamilNet, Sunday, 24 February 2008, 04:32 GMT]
A 68-year-old woman, one of 12 civilians being treated for injuries they sustained in the indiscriminate air attack carried out by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Friday in Kiraagnchi in the Poonakari (Pooneryn) division, succumbed to her injuries Saturday night. Nine civilians, including five women and 3 children, were killed. 11 civilians, including four children are being treated for their injuries.

The victim, Tharmalingam Poomani, 68, died at Ki'linochchi hospital.

Three houses were fully destroyed and many houses sustained damage in the air strike. Several trees were snapped due to airburst explosion of bombs. More than 20 bombs were used by four fighter bombers.

The SLAF claimed that the attack was carried out on a military target.


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