Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Church damaged in LTTE artillery attack - Mannar, Sri Lanka

Tamil Tigers (LTTE) launched artillery barrages fell at the densely populated Thalladi town this morning (February 12) damaging the Thalladi Church, Mannar, defence sources said.

According to military sources, LTTE mounted artillery shell attacks since 08.35.a.m.

Sri Lanka Army retaliated with heavy gun fire towards identified LTTE artillery positions in the non-liberated areas north of Mannar, security sources said.

Six soldiers who were at the St. Sebastian church premises were killed while another ten received injuries due to this incident.

These soldiers were participating in a community service campaign at the request of the Rev. Father of the St. Sebastian church, security sources further said.