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Red Cross worker killed in Lanka

world Updated: Apr 09, 2009 23:04 IST
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The Red Cross on Thursday said one of its staff members has been killed reportedly by a shell in Sri Lanka's embattled north, over a moth after another of its employee met a similar fate.

Sinnathurai Kugathasan was hit by a shell and killed on the spot yesterday while fetching water in Ampalavanpokanai, on the coastal belt of the territory held by the LTTE, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement.

The statement did not specify as to where the shells had come from.

It added that Kugathasan, father of three, had been working with ICRC since 2002 as a water technician.

On 4 March another ICRC water technician, Vadivel Vijayakumar, who was involved in the medical evacuations, was killed by a shrapnel in the coastal area north of Valayanmadam.

"We feel devastated and are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend and colleague Kugathasan," said Paul Castella, the head of the ICRC delegation in Colombo.

"We extend our heartfelt condolences to all of his family and friends," Castella said.

In recent days, he was involved in the ICRC-facilitated medical evacuations, helping to bring patients from the makeshift medical facility in Putumattalan to the beach and then on to the ICRC ferry for transfer to Trincomalee and Pulomoddai.