Lankan troops kill 11 civilians: LTTE
The Tamil Tigers have accused that the Sri Lankan security forces had killed at least 11 civilians in the "safe zones" while the government claimed they died when the LTTE rebels opened "indiscriminate" fire at them.world Updated: Jan 23, 2009 19:21 IST
The Tamil Tigers have accused that the Sri Lankan security forces had killed at least 11 civilians in the "safe zones" while the government claimed they died when the LTTE rebels opened "indiscriminate" fire at them.
A pro-LTTE website, Tamilnet, on Friday claimed that 11 civilians were killed by the army in the "secure zones".
Sri Lanka Army (SLA), which unilaterally announced a "secure zone" for civilians on Wednesday, attacked with its Multi Barrel Rocket Launchers and Artillery guns there in the early hours on Thursday, Tamilnet said.
It added that at least "11 bodies and more than 25 injured people have been brought to the makeshift Mullaiththivu hospital functioning at Vallipunam school on Thursday alone.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said "in its attempt to trigger a civilian crisis in Wanni, LTTE fighters have reportedly drawn artillery batteries, heavy mortars and satellite bases inside civilian settlements and makeshift camps".
These were the places which were earlier declared as no-fire zones, military said quoting civilian and ground sources.
"The LTTE outfit is using the thousands entrapped as cannon fodders in its attempt to stall the multi-frontal military advance, now closing in on LTTE's remaining hiding areas at Visuamadu, Puthukudiyirippu and Mullaittivu," defence observers said.
At least 10 people were killed when LTTE rebels opened "indiscriminate" fire at the civilians, escaping from the site, the security officials at Kilinochchi was quoted as saying by the ministry.