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Massacre of police officers in Eastern Sri Lanka in June 1990

Kalmunai massacre
Location Eastern Province, Sri Lanka
Date 20 June 1990
Target Unarmed Sri Lanka Police officers and civilians
Deaths 160-250
Perpetrators Sri Lanka Army

The Kalmunai massacre refers to a series of mass killing that occurred on June, 1990 in Kalmunai, a municipality within the Ampara District of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province. The massacre was the mass killing of civilians allegedly by the Sri Lankan Army in retaliation to the first massacre. The University Teachers for Human Rights, a human rights organization, put the number of dead at the second massacre at 250, while a local Member of Parliament claimed that at least 160 people were killed.[1][2][3][4][5]

Civilian massacre

After the LTTE massacred the Police officers on June 11, 1990, the town of Kalmunai was allegedly subjected to intense shelling by the Army. As a result, the LTTE had to withdraw from the town. Subsequently, the massacre began on June 20, 1990.[2] An account of one part of the alleged massacre claimed that Sri Lankan Army personnel took position at Kalmunai Rest House junction where Tamil civilians were allegedly kidnapped. The abducted were then allegedly burned behind the shops of Muslim businessmen. While the death toll is disputed, a member of Sri Lanka's parliament alleged that more than 160 people were killed.[1] However, the UTHR alleged that the number of people who died or disappeared was in excess 1000 and alleged that over 250 were killed.[2][3] It further alleged that this massacre was the "largest bout of slaughter a single town in the island had witnessed in such a short time".

Later attacks

On June 27, 1990, 75 people were allegedly rounded by the Sri Lankan Army and later burned and a further 27 headless bodies washed ashore Kalmunai beach. In all, the UTHR allege that 7000 people were killed in June.[3]

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