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A 45-year-old man and a 24-year-old youth were killed on the spot Thursday morning when Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) set off a Claymore mine targeting a tractor carrying Internally Displaced Persons who were on their way to relocated their personal belongings from the houses in Maanthai West in Mannaar district to Maanthai East in Mullaiththeevu district, Tamileelam Police officials said.

The explosion was reported at 9:20 a.m. between Moon’rumu’rippu and Paalaippaa’ni.

The victims were identified as A. Jeyaseelan, 45, from Vanni Vi’laangku’lam and I. Tharmeswaran, 24, from Kollar Pu’liyangku’lam.

Their tractor has also sustained heavy damage.

Recentlly, Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) counter-attacked a DPU team near the attack site and had seized 4 Claymore mines with a T-56-type-2 assault rifle and 3 kitbags, according to the Tamileelam Police.

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Six devotees including two children on their way to Naakathampiraan Temple in Maangku’lam were killed and 4 wounded, including 2 children, in a claymore mine explosion in Vanni Monday night.
LTTE’s Director of Peace Secretariat S. Puleedevan blamed the Deep Penetration Unit operated by the Sri Lanka Army for the attack on civilian target.The attack took place at Puthoor, located between Kanakaraayanku’lam and Pu’liyangku’lam at 8:00 p.m., Mr. Puleedevan said.

The devotees were on their way from Mu’l’livaaykkaal in Mullaiththeevu to Naakathampiraan temple to attend the annual festival at the temple, Mr. Puleedevan told TamilNet, identifying the registration number of the civilian van as 8-SRI-6109.

The dead were identified asVasanthakumar from Mu’l’livaaykkaal,Murugathaas from Ampalavan Pokka’nai,
Thanusan (son of Murugathaas)
,Ganesh (Brother of Murugathaas),
Ms Yogamalar,and Ganga (daughter of Yogamalar),
officials of the NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESoHR).

Chithra 26, wife of Vasanthakumar,
Sujithan (son of Vasanthakumar, 18 months old child),
9-year-old Janani (daughter of Murugathaas),
andVinojini were seriously injured and have been admitted to Mullaiththeevu hospital.

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The LTTE yesterday claimed that a claymore blast directed at a van in the LTTE-held Bharathipuram area last afternoon had killed 16 civilians including four girls and two boys. The blast wounded 20 civilians.

Reports from Kilinochchi indicated the civilians were on their way to pay their last respects to ‘Brigadier’ Balraj, the second-in-command to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran when the blast hit the vehicle at 2.15 p.m.Balraj ‘s funeral was scheduled for yesterday.

Pro-LTTE Tamilnet blamed what it called the Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) of the Sri Lanka Army. According to the website, the ill-fated vehicle was returning from Muzhangkaavil hospital to Ki’linochchi on Murikandi – Akkaraayan Road Friday around 2:15 p.m.

The website reported the SLA had stepped up DPU attacks in LTTE controlled Vanni as the region was observing a ‘national’ mourning day following the demise of Balraj.

The bodies had been handed over to Kilinochchi hospital.

Army headquarters denied the charge. A senior official said there was absolutely no truth in the allegation. “This is part of their strategy,” he said adding the LTTE wouldn’t hesitate to blow up a bus load of school children if it could gain sympathy.

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Assistant Director of Fisheries in Mannaar, J.G.Jujin and another civilian were killed when a Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) Claymore mine targeted an ambulance of the Ki’linochchi hospital at Muzhangkaavil in Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) controlled Vanni Friday around 8:00 a.m., initial reports said.

The ambulance which returned from Vavuniyaa after admitting patients in Vavuniyaa hospital picked up civilians on its way to Ki’linochchi. Mr. Jujin, 55, a father of six children, hails from Periya Pa’ndivirichchaan.

(PRO LTTE “Genocide Srilanka” Blog)

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The rebels in Sri Lanka said at least 16 civilians were killed in a claymore mine attack by the Army in the north Friday afternoon, but the military has denied any involvement in the incident, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said in a statement that 16 civilians, including four children, were killed as the van they were traveling in came under a claymore attack by the Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) of the Army at 2 p.m. (0830 GMT).

The incident took place on the Akkarayan-Murukandy road in the rebel held Kilinochchi district, the statement said.

“Nineteen members of an extended family were traveling in that van, 16 of them were killed and the other three were injured,” the statement added.

However, military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said the Army cannot be held responsible for the incident as it happened in an rebel held area about 100 km north from government troops’ forward defense line.

Nanayakkara said the Army’s DPUs only carry out some information-gathering mission very close to the troops’ positions and it’s impossible for them to go so deep into the rebel controlled area to attack civilians.

Government troops are currently battling the LTTE in the north with the aim of crushing the rebel group before the end of 2008.

Claiming discrimination at the hands of the majority Sinhalese government, the LTTE has been fighting the government since the mid-1980s to establish an independent homeland for Tamil minorities, resulting in the death of more than 70,000 people in the island.

(Trend News)

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16 civilians killed in DPU attack in Vanni, 6 children, 6 females among victims16 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 Kilinochchi on Murikandi – 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. 16 dead bodies, 4 males, 6 females and 6 children, were brought to Ki’linochchi hospital. Two wounded were also brought to the hospital, according to medical sources.

(PRO LTTE GENOCIDE SRILANKA Blog)

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Sixteen civilians, including four children, were killed as the van they were travelling in came under a claymore attack by the Deep Penetration Unit of the Sri Lanka military at 2.00pm today. The incident took place on the Akkarayan-Murukandy road in Kilinochchi

Nineteen members of an extended family were traveling in that van and sixteen of them were killed and the other three were injured and were admitted to the Kilinochchi hospital.

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