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Navaly church massacre remembered 23 years on

The Church of St Peter at Navaly remembered over 140 Tamil civilians killed in its premises by Sri Lankan Air Force bombs 23 years ago during the presidency of Chandrika Kumaratunga. 

A remembrance service which included special prayers and the lighting of candles took place on Monday evening at the church. 

On 9th July 1995, the Sri Lankan Air Force bombed the St Peter’s Church in Navaly and the nearby Sri Kathirgama Murugan Kovil, which were both sheltering displaced Tamils from army bombardment.

A total of 13 bombs were dropped on the sheltering shrines, killing 147 on the spot with many more succumbing to injuries later.