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16 civilians killed in DPU attack in Vanni, 6 children, 6 females among victims
Published on 23 May, 2008 , Tamilnet Email To Friend     Print Version

16 civilians, including 6 children, four girls and two boys, were killed in a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) Claymore attack that targeted a Hiace van returning from Muzhangkaavil hospital to Ki'linochchi on Mu'rika'ndi - Akkaraayan Road Friday around 2:15 p.m., initial reports from Ki'linochchi said. The SLA has stepped up DPU attacks in LTTE controlled Vanni as the region was observing a national mourning day following the demise of LTTE's Senior Commander Brigadier Balraj.

Two children, one of them seriously wounded, were brought to the hospital. Their father, mother, a sister and two brothers, all children, were killed in the attack. Keerthika Vijayaratnam, 13, was seriously injured, her 14-year-old sister was also wounded. Their parents, Vijayaratnam Periyavamy and Logantha Vijayaratnam, were killed with elder sister Sivalaksala Vijayaratnam, 18, Thanushan Vijayaratnam, 10 and Vithushan Vijayaratnam, 7.

Another couple, Subramaniyam Alakan, 41, and Saraswathy Subramaniyam, 40, were among the killed.

The other victims were identified as:

Panneerselvam Alakuraani, 45, female
Rajendran Kalaavathi, 29, female
Samikkannu Karuppiah, 45, male
Ungu Karuppiah, female
Keerthika Chandrasekaran, 11, female
Karthika Chandramohan, 10, female
Thanaluxmy Subramaniam, 54, female
Kalaathevi Sivakumaran, 34, female
Ganesh Thanarajan, 34, male

Five of the killed children were studying in K'ilinochchi Baarathy Viththiyalayam and two adults were employees at the school.

The victims were residents of Baarathypuram and Malayalapuram, situated 3 km southwest of Ki'linochchi town.

Dirver of the Toyota - Hiace vehicle targeted by SLA DPU Claymore mine

Dead bodies of civilians killed in the Claymore attack

The Toyota - Hiace vehicle targeted by SLA DPU Claymore mine


Chronology:
07-10-2008 , Bomb attack on Bus in Vanni, 3 killed, 6 wounded  
18-09-2008 , 3 killed, DPU Claymore targets bus on A9  
05-09-2008 , SLA Claymore attack kills civilian in Vavuniyaa  
05-09-2008 , SLA Claymore attack injures civilian in Nedungkea'ni  
30-08-2008 , NGO vehicle narrowly escapes DPU Claymore attack in Vanni  
08-08-2008 , DPU mine attack kills civilian in Vanni  
25-07-2008 , Homage paid to slain Vimalakumar in Ki'linochchi   Photo
25-07-2008 , Development official & former NPA Staff killed in DPU Claymore attack   Photo
01-07-2008 , Nanthakumar's remains cremated in Skanthapuram   Photo
29-06-2008 , Thunukkaay DS killed in DPU attack   Photo
25-06-2008 , DPU mine attack kills student, 4 wounded in Vanni  
22-06-2008 , Civilian killed in DPU attack in Vanni  
20-06-2008 , DPU Claymore attack , injured two civilians  
05-06-2008 , Two civilians killed in DPU Claymore attack  
24-05-2008 , DPU attack victims laid to rest in Ki'linochchi   Photo
23-05-2008 , 16 civilians killed in DPU attack in Vanni, 6 children, 6 females among victims  
23-05-2008 , DPU Claymore attack targets ambulance in Mallavi  
23-05-2008 , Fisheries director killed, DPU attack targets ambulance  
20-05-2008 , One civilian cyclist killed in DPU claymore attack in Panangkaamam  
20-04-2008 , NESoHR Chairman Fr. Karunaratnam killed in DPU attack   Photo
28-11-2007 , DPU attack claims lives of 7 school girls, 11 killed  
26-11-2007 , 2 DPU attacks claim 2 civilian lives, ambulance targeted again in Vanni  
27-09-2007 , Catholic priest killed in DPU Claymore attack at Kalvilan  
13-07-2007 , 5 killed, DPU mine targets Civil Health Service vehicle   
25-05-2007 , DPU Claymore attack kills 2 civilians in Vavuniyaa  

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