A 45-year-old staff attached to the Jaffna office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was shot dead by unknown armed men in Jaffna Tuesday morning at 7:10, Police said. The victim, Suntharalingam Gengatharan, was shot in his head in front of UNHCR office in Jaffna, 100 meters from Nalloor temple, while he was on his way to ICRC office. The killing has taken place in a top security area, protected by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) where NGO and UN offices are situated.
The victim is a father of two and a native of Karaveddi in Vadamaraadchi.
The residential representative of the ICRC in Jaffna has confirmed that Mr. Gengatharan is an ICRC employee.