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Sri Lanka security forces shoot dead 9 children from an orphanage...
"Sri Lankan security forces shot dead nine children and wounded 20 others, in Batticaloa town on 17 May. The shooting followed an LTTE cycle bomb attack in which five soldiers and a policeman died. The Tiger bomb also wounded five civilians and 25 security personnel. The children, from an orphanage in Ayithiyamalai, were accompanied by Parish Priest Jeyachandra on a visit to view decorations in the town to celebrate Buddhist Vesak Day. As they approached the Mangalaramaya Buddhist temple, the cycle bomb exploded.
Thereafter the security forces fired at the van carrying the children, despite the plea of Rev Jeyachandra, “Please don’t shoot the children; shoot me instead”.
The priest was also shot and wounded. The government Media Centre accused the LTTE of inflaming ethnic passions in the district, but failed to mention the shooting of the children. References to the killing of the children in newspapers have been censored...." (British Refugee Council, Sri Lanka Monitor, May 2000)