Boats attacked in Jaffna Lagoon

[TamilNet, Friday, 29 January 1999, 14:16 GMT]
The Operational Head Quarters of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a communiqué issued this afternoon that eleven Tigers had been killed in two separate confrontations in the Jaffna lagoon off Gurunagar.

Meanwhile, police reports from Jaffna said that a displaced civillian was killed and two others wounded when helicopter gunships fired on a boat carrying 13 displaced civilians in the lagoon.

The civilians had been travelling from Naachchikudah in the Kilinochchi district .

The MoD statement said that on the 28th of January, at around 10 p.m., MI24 ground attack helicopter gunships of the Sri Lankan Airforce had identified and attacked a number of LTTE boats. It further said that the LTTE retaliated with small arms causing slight damage to the air craft.

According to the MoD communiqué, the second incident occurred at 6.00 a.m. this morning when the gunships spotted LTTE boats in the same area and attacked them. The statement went on to say that LTTE transmissions monitored by the MoD confirmed that 11 Tigers were killed and two wounded in the attack.

Meanwhile the Jaffna police said that G. Aloshyas (41) was killed when the boat he was travelling in was attacked near Gurunagar by helicopter gunships at 5.45 a.m this morning. There were thirteen civilians in the boat all of whom were refugees displaced from Jaffna in October 1995. Two other civilians, S.Sivakumar (24) and R.Kanagammah (73) , were seriously wounded in the attack and have been admitted to Jaffna Hospital.

Some of the refugees who escaped unhurt said that the SLAF might have attacked other refugee boats that sailed towards Gurunagar last night.

Informed sources said that heavy shelling from the main firing bases of the SLA in Valikamam, that rocked Jaffna town last night, may have been connected to the detection of boats in the Jaffna lagoon near Gurunagar.

People displaced from Jaffna in October 1995 who want to return to Jaffna from the Vanni often use the route from Naachchikudah to Gurunagar through the Jaffna lagoon. At Gurunagar they are screened by Sri Lankan security personnel and then resettled in various refugee camps.

 

Latest 15 Reports
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
27.09.20 12:05   Photo
Tamils unify to mark Thileepan Remembrance, brave Colombo's suppression of memorialisation
26.09.20 09:10   Photo
Commemorating sacrifices of Tamil struggle is an inalienable right, not a subject for ‘SL permission’
25.09.20 22:08   Photo
South Asia mourns SPB's demise
15.09.20 06:37   Photo
UN Rights Chief joins her predecessors in watering down collective rights of genocide affected people
04.09.20 22:13   Photo
Diaspora youth group re-aligns Tamil narrative on enforced disappearances
03.09.20 15:41   Photo
Jude Lal Fernando’s Sputnik interview exposes unfolding British duplicity on KMS ‘investigations’
02.09.20 22:03   Photo
Gotabaya's ‘Task Force’ monk threatens Tamils to stay away from their paddy fields in Thiriyaay
01.09.20 23:36  
Colombo extends genocidal land grab targeting farmlands of Tamils along NE border: Ravikaran
31.08.20 16:36   Photo
Families of war-disappeared send strong message braving SL restrictions on International Day
08.08.20 01:05   Photo
Sumanthiran alleged of exerting Colombo’s influence to tamper with preferential vote counts
07.08.20 10:08  
2020 election resembles 1970 polls that formed genocidal Sri Lanka
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2771