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32 Tamils massacred by Sri Lankan soldiers remembered in Othiyamalai

Residents in Othiyamalai, Mullaitivu came together on Saturday to remember the massacre of 32 Tamils by the Sri Lankan military in 1984. 

Lamps were lit and flowers were laid in remembrance of those who were killed. 

On the 2nd December 1984, men in the village were rounded up by the Sri Lankan army, dragged to the village community centre where they were stripped naked and tied up by their clothes. 

Twenty-seven of the men were shot and killed on the spot. A further five were detained and are believed to have been murdered at a later date.

A monument built in memory of the victims of Othiyamalai is reported to have been destroyed in the final stages of the war.