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Cancer specialist's home attacked - Jaffna

The home of Dr Jeyakumar, a cancer specialist at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, was attacked a masked gang on Wednesday night, reports TamilNet.

See here for article on TamilNet and photographs of the crime scene.

The gang entered the house, smashing windows and destroying the place, before dousing Dr Jeyakumar's home in oil. The intruders fled after the family awoke and neighbours became alerted by the family's screams.

According to TamilNet, the police arrived after 'several hours' of delay, and local civil activists suggested that Dr Jeyakumar was targeted due to his involvement in civil society activism.

The attack took place close to Kantharmadam junction - the location of a Sri Lankan Army camp. Several members of staff at the hospital have commenced a boycott campaign since the attack, protesting at the risk faced by staff.

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