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Vaddakkandal massacre remembered on 32nd anniversary

The 32nd anniversary of the Vaddakkandal massacre was marked today at the Vaddakkandal Government Tamil Mixed School in Mannar.

At dawn on 30 January 1985, 200 Sri Lankan military personnel based in the Thallady camp moved into the Vaddakkandal village, killing at least 52 civilians.

Soldiers also entered the Vaddakkandal GTM school, killing at least 18 people, including the principal, other teachers and members of staff and students.

The event featured guests including politicians and religious leaders from all religious communities, as well as relatives of those killed in the massacre.