Sri Lanka Army (SLA) artillery targetted 'Karuna Nilayam', a Christian center and couseling center for orphaned and disabled girls located close to the A9 highway in Kilinochchi town, at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas day, sources in Kilinochchi said. The resident girls have been relocated to a different building and no one was injured in the attack, the adminstrators said.
The area was designated as a 'safety zone,' and administrators said they are confounded on why their institution became a target for the SLA.
Karuna Nilayam is managed by the Jaffna Catholic diocese, and late Rev. Fr. Karunaratnam was earlier involved in the administration of this institution before he was appointed as the Director for NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights. (NESoHR)