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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
Extra judicial executions of Tamils continues...
"SEVEN Tamils were cut with swords and seriously injured at Kalmunai in Batticaloa District in early July 1998. Local people say they are fearful of a heavily armed mysterious gang in military uniform targeting civilians. The same gang is suspected of robberies and assaulting people in two Tamil homes at Natpiddimunai and Pandiruppu.
Civilians in the east continue to be affected in the fighting between the security forces and the LTTE. Civilian Muniandy was killed during a clash at Kannankudah in Valaichenai on 6 July. Six year-old Asmini was wounded. Four days later, the Army shot dead carpenter Nathan of Paithalai. Four fishermen were killed on 12 July at Kinnayady.
The Special Task Force (STF) carried out a search in Pandiruppu on 6 July. The village was searched again a week later and five people were taken into custody. Four Tamil youths, including student T Sithamparapillai, who were arrested by the Army at Ambilanthurai were later found in the Badulla prison, 60 miles away. Batticaloa MP P Selvarajah says 14 year-old student V Karunakaran was killed in Airforce bombing on 1 August at Kokkaddicholai. Three other civilians at Karanavai were wounded by shells two days later..." (British Refugee Council publication, Sri Lanka Monitor, July 1998)