Fleeing civilians shot at by LTTE: 3 killed
including a 9 year old - Mullaittivu
3 civilians were reported
killed including a 9 year old who were among 66 people who sought
protection with troops fleeing from LTTE hostage at Pudumathalan on
Sunday (March 15).
The civilians, including 27
families have fled from the Pudumatahlan coast onboard 4 fiberglass
boats, yesterday morning amidst indiscriminate LTTE small arms fire and
arrived at Munai under escort provided by Sri Lanka Naval craft on
patrol. The 66 civilians included 23 men, 17 women, 15 boys and 11
girls' security sources said adding that these people were rescued by
the Navy while drifting in the shallow waters between Chundikkulam and
Vettileikerni at around 7.30a.m.
(father), Renuka Thavanayagam (mother) and their 9 year old child
Thanushan Thavanayagam had succumbed to injuries sustained due to LTTE
small arms fire directed while fleeing form the no fire zone. The
postmortem was conducted by Point Pedro Magistrate Mr. K Ariyanagam on
Sunday afternoon at Munai.
Meanwhile, naval sources said
that special arrangements were made to assist the innocent civilians
fleeing from LTTE. Naval medical and rescue teams are also
deployed to provide continuous humanitarian assistance to
civilians escaping from LTTE, the sources further said.