MOSQUES MASSACRE: REMEMBERED
- A DECADE REMEMBERED:
GENOCIDE OF THE MUSLIMS OF SRI LANKA
BY TAMIL TIGER TERRORISTS
TAMIL TIGERS MAUL PRAYING DEVOTEES IN TWO MOSQUES
It was another balmy Friday evening in the sleepy village of Kathankudy in
Eastern Sri Lanka. Except for the bedtime croaking of the waterfowls and
the first song of a night bird the village air was silent. The men and the
children had already gathered at the two mosques in this predominantly
Muslim village for Friday evening Isha prayers.
The village road was empty, well, almost. A white Hi-Ace van was speeding
towards the Meera Jumma mosque raising a plume of dust behind it. Abdul
Muthalib, a youth (20) was riding fast a borrowed bicycle towards the mosque
as he was late for prayers. What he least expected happened as Abdul
alighted at the entrance. "Bantra," a well-known Tamil Tiger cadre from the
area, grabbed his cycle, slapped him and pushed him into the mosque. Abdul
was shocked and it took him only a moment or two to understand what was
going to happen. But it was far too late.
During Isha prayers one has to kneel down four times, and already the
congregation had started to kneel for the second time. Suddenly, there was a
loud explosion, followed by more, from exploding hand grenades lobbed into
the kneeling congregation. More than 30 Tamil Tiger terrorists who stormed
out of the Hi-Ace van had already surrounded the mosque. There was no
escape for the pious devotees. The terrorists, some dressed as Muslims
complete with "fez" caps and others in military fatigues rushed in, their
automatic weapons blazing away at the kneeling devotees. Abdul felt a
bullet ripping through his body and fell down with a scream. The devotees
were cut down like pigeons by the hail of merciless rain of bullets; their
screams of "Allah" smothered by the thunder of the high powered automatic
weapons. The firing went on unabated until every single devotee was hit,
and then it ceased. But it was not the end of the crime, it was the start
of the most heinous act: The Tigers walked over the bodies, searching the
sea of bodies, flesh, bones and blood for survivors; hacking and slitting
open the bellies of those who showed signs of possible survival.
At the very moment, the scenario was identical at the smaller Hussainiya
mosque located about half a kilometer away. It had only one entrance and
not a single devotee could escape. Among the dead was the village doctor
Anwer, some teachers and the prominent citizens of the area.
In a few minutes, the terrorists had vanished, just like they came, into the
darkness of the night. They had left behind empty cases of Kalashnikov
ammunition, T56 magazines, shrapnel from the grenades as well as shredded
human bodies. Walls were splattered with flesh and blood and floors
littered with the entrails of cut open bodies. Immediate death toll was 147
men and children and the number was rising from others succumbing to their
Sri Lanka Army Brigade Commander (Baticaloa), Brigadier A.N.U. Seneviratne
said that the army rushed into Katankudy from Araipattai and Kallady camps
within 15 minutes of the receipt of information about the brutal massacre.
They helped removing the injured to the Ampara, Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa
hospitals by air. A Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter gunship fired at a Tiger
boat in the lagoon believed to be taking fleeing terrorists.
This was not the first or the last time where the Tamil Tiger terrorists
massacred Muslims in the genocidal ethnic cleansing pogroms of their so
called homeland in the North and the East of Sri Lanka. But it was one of
the largest massacres in a single village in a single day. Close on its
heels come the massacre of Muslims in Eravur.
In that attack the Tamil Tiger terrorists mowed down 105 Muslims in the
night of Saturday ******** in Eravur, a township north of Baticaloa. The
Tamil Tigers had entered the town on foot at about 11:30 pm via Punnedkadu
area, silently hacking to death anyone they met. Those who had escaped the
ensuing massacre said that the terrorists had called out to the sleeping
occupants of the households in Sinhala, deluding them into believing they
were safe. The butchery lasted until 1:30 am Sunday, with houses at 12
different points attacked. Homes which did not respond to the terrorists'
call were broken into and some had grenades lobbed into them. Even those
villagers who had escaped on to the road were gunned down.
The Chenkalady army camp a few kilometers north of Eravur had learned of the
massacre only early Sunday morning. The terrorists had planted their cadres
on the road to Chenkalady killing anyone who tried to reach the camp for
On Sunday, the town's mosque was a sea of grief-stricken mourners, all
lending a hand as the dead were being brought in and prepared for burial in
a make shift tent outside the mosque. Later, each body was laid out in the
mosque, pending burial the same evening according to Muslim tradition.
The Tamil Tigers tell the world that they are fighting for the rights of the
Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka. Nothing is further from the truth.
Majority of Sri Lanka's Muslims (Click here to learn about Muslims of Sri
Lanka) are Tamil speaking. But they have a distinct ethnicity and oppose
living under the hegemony of rulers of a "Tamil State". In any case what
the Nazi like Tamil Tigers want is an ethnically cleansed pure "Tamil
Homeland" devoid of any other community. With this end in view, the Tigers
gave an ultimatum to all the Muslims who lived in Jaffna (over 50,000) to
vacate their homes and leave the peninsula never to return or face certain
death. Having witnessed the 25,000 Sinhalese citizens in Jaffna being
massacred or chased out earlier, the Muslims knew their fate. They left
Jaffna leaving their ancestral property, without any of their belongings,
and ended up as refugees in the south. As months passed by, and as
inhabitants of each ancient Sinhalese village in the East were massacred or
driven away, the attention started focusing on the other non Tamils in the
East; the Muslims. This is the reason for the attacks on the innocent
Muslims. Their only crime is living in their ancient villages now
encompassed by an imaginary future "TAMIL HOMELAND" of a few racist
extremists. The sheer brutality of the Tamil Tigers' attacks is
deliberately designed to drive immeasurable fear into the hearts of the
survivors who escape the killing fields, until then their ancestral land.
Their eye-witness accounts, told a many time over, make the inhabitants of
the surrounding villages tremble and desert their own villages. That is
exactly what the Tigers want to happen: Automatic, spontaneous, creation of
the "TAMIL HOMELAND - Eelam".
The irony is that the brutalities, torture and the killings at the blood
soaked hands of the Tigers are not confined to the Sinhalese and the
Muslims. The fate of Tamils who oppose, or do not share the "vision" of
Prabhakaran, the autocratic ruthless Tamil Tiger leader (described by New
York Times as "Asia's latest Pol Pot"), is worse. According to an article
in the Indian Express (correct? What is the date?) the Tamil Tigers
(Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - LTTE)have killed more Tamils in Sri
Lanka than every other force put together. One of the most ill-famous
punishments being the "lamp-post sacrifice" in which the victim is tied
alive to a lamp post and "garlanded" with a burning car tire.
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