According to the
Reuters news service, shrapnel from the explosion killed Mr.
Shanmugaratham Pathmanathan and Mr. Chelvendra Pradeepkumar, both
workers at Caritas’ Human Development center in Jaffna. Five soldiers
in a nearby military vehicle were also killed.
“We are broken
hearted for the families of Mr. Pathmanathan and Mr. Pradeepkumar,”
Father C.G. Jeyakumar, Director of Caritas Jaffna, told Reuters.
Pathmanathan”, he said, “had three young children who will now grow up
without their father. Mr. Pradeepkumar was engaged and planning to
visit his fiancée in Canada in a few weeks…It is a very tragic thing
that yet more civilians have been killed in the crossfire of the
conflict in Sri Lanka. Their deaths show that aid workers in Sri Lanka
are very vulnerable. We are all very frightened about the situation
Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis condemned the attack
saying that “Targets of any sort are unacceptable, but when innocent
civilians who are working to rebuild after such devastation is an
Many say that a recent surge of violence may lead the still tsunami devastated country back into civil war.
Monday, two tsunami aid workers from the Catholic group, Caritas
Internationalis were killed when an anti-personnel mine exploded near
their vehicle. It is the latest in ongoing series of violence in Sri
Lanka’s largely rebel-controlled Jaffna peninsula.