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Relatives weep at Nagarkovil massacre commemoration in Jaffna

Parents of children killed in the 1995 Nagarkovil massacre shed tears, as they laid flowers to commemorate their loved ones at an event to mark the 27th anniversary of the killings this week.

In Jaffna, parents and relatives of those killed laid flowers on a monument at the site of the attack, as they remembered the lives lost in the massacre.

On September 22, 1995, a SLAF aircraft bombed the Nagarkovil Maha Vidyalayam schoolyard crammed with 750 children on their lunch break, killing more than 30 – of whom 12 were six or seven-year-olds – and injuring 150 others. The overall death toll from the raids reached 71. The bombing occurred just hours after the Sri Lankan government imposed press censor­ship on the reporting of military events.

The bombing, which happened during the presidency of Chandrika Kumaratunga, was widely condemned.


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