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Military's massacre of 11 fishermen in Ponnalai remembered

The massacre of eleven Tamil fishermen in 1997 in Ponnalai, Jaffna was remembered last week by families of the victims and residents. 

On January 29, 1997 the fishermen, who had been waiting for a bus by Koththathurai army camp, were shot and killed by Sri Lankan soldiers. 

Locals believed the massacre was done as revenge for a claymore attack against the army a few weeks prior. 

Two fishermen who were murdered in Ponnalai in 1985 were also remembered by residents who had gathered at the event.