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2006 Trincomalee massacre of students

Coordinates: 8°33′58″N 81°13′59″E / 8.566°N 81.233°E / 8.566; 81.233

The incident referred to as Trincomalee massacre in 2006 happened when five minority Sri Lankan Tamil high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and then shot dead.[1]

2006 Trincomalee Massacre
Location Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Date January 2, 2006
Target Sri Lankan Tamil students
Attack type
Armed massacre
Weapons Automatics rifles
Deaths 5
Suspected perpetrators
Special Task Force



Murder of students happened on January 2, 2006. Initially the Sri Lankan police and the government claimed these students were, in fact, LTTE terrorists killed in a premature detonation of a grenade that they were about lob into government troops.[1][2]


Sri Lankan governmentEdit

The government claims were contradicted by the results of the local coroner, who said that they were killed by gunshot wound in execution style.[2] Although a court case is still pending, a Human Rights agency known as UTHR accused that a local police superintendent as the mastermind of the operation to kill the students.[2]


The official inquiry into this incident is still undergoing and Special Task Force personnel were remanded in connection with the murder and further remanded on 18 July 2013 by the Trincomalee Magistrate court.[1][2]

Related to the incidentEdit


The only witness who came forward is the target of threats to his safety. Dr. Manoharan, the father of one of the victims, has been threatened by some elements of the Sri Lankan security forces. Human Rights Watch has called on the government to provide adequate protection for the doctor.[3]


According to RSF a minority Tamil journalist Subramaniyam Sugirdharajan who took pictures of the slain students that proved that they died of gunshot injuries not by an explosion of a grenade as claimed by local military authorities was shot dead by unknown gunmen suspected to be paramilitary men.[4]