Civilians fleeing war feared drowned in Naakarkoayil seas

[TamilNet, Sunday, 21 December 2008, 11:42 GMT]
Civilians fleeing war in Vanni in a 17 foot boat are feared drowned, fishermen who had seen the boat towed empty by Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Friday evening to Kaangkeasanthu'rai (KKS) harbour from Naakarkoyil seas, raised suspicion. Friday morning gunfire was heard from Naakarkoayil seas indicating fleeing civilians being fired upon in the sea and their boat being towed by SLN went under water on Point Pedro seas Friday evening, fishermen in Jaffna who saw the incident said.

No further information about the incident is known and so far no one has been admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital with injuries or any dead body handed over.

Fishermen described the boat as the kind used by civilians and said that it had an outboard motor fixed to it when it sank.


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