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Savukkadi massacre remembered in Batticaloa

A commemoration ceremony was held earlier this week to mark 32 years since at least 33 Tamils were killed by Sri Lankan soldiers in Savukkadi, Batticaloa.

On the morning of September 20 1990, Sri Lankan soldiers entered the Savukkadi village and opened fire on civilians. 26 villagers, including 10 children and an infant, were burnt to death and buried in two ditches. Soldiers also shot at fishermen in the waters off the village, killing 7.

Locals offered prayers and laid flowers at a memorial constructed to honour the victims.

To date, no one has been held responsible for the massacre.

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