An increase in armed robberies and murders has rocked Jaffna, with residents calling for additional security measures in the area. At least four murders, two abductions and 15 robberies took place in Jaffna last month, according to Police.
In early December, thieves went to a Hindu priest’s house at Chankanai,, shot the priest and his son, and robbed the house. The priest died later.
Last week, in Vadamarachchi, an earth supplier was shot dead in his house, while a woman shop owner was abducted from Point Pedro the same day. On Monday, at Chavakachcheri, a vehicle broker was abducted, killed and his body dumped by the roadside.
Last Sunday, in Urumparai, an Assistant Director of Education was shot dead in his house, and a youth was abducted in a van at Urumparai.
Numerous robberies at gunpoint have taken place in Jaffna.