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Nagarkovil school remembers victims of 1995 bombing by Sri Lankan Air Force

Photographs: Shalin for Tamil Guardian

The victims of the Nagarkovil school massacre were remembered by students and staff at the school on Friday.

On September 22 1995, the Sri Lankan Air Force dropped bombs on the Nagarkovil Maha Vidyalayam while children were crammed in the playground for their lunch break.

40 were killed in the attack including 26 students.

A memorial event on the 7th anniversary of LTTE political wing leader Thileepan’s hunger strike was taking place in the village at the time.

Friday’s memorial event was attended by staff and students as well as parents of the massacred students.

Fifty disadvantaged children from the school were also selected for bursaries provided by an Australian Tamil business, in the victims’ memory.

Sri Lankan military intelligence personnel were present in the school premises during the memorial and were seen photographing guests at the event.