Incident Summary:

02/01/1998: Sri Lankan troops beat back an assault by the Liberation Tamil Tigers if Eelam (LTTE), killing 300 guerrillas. Twenty soldiers were also killed and another 80 wounded in the five-hour battle near Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, about 265 kilometers north of Colombo.

GTD ID:
199802010001

When:
1998-02-01

Country:
Sri Lanka

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Northern

City:
Kilinochchi

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sri Lankan Army
Specific Description Sri Lankan Troops
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 320 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 320
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 300
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources
“Asia: Heavy Fighting Grips Sri Lanka, Toll hits 320,” AAP Newsfeed, February 1, 1998.
“Asia: Sri Lankan Army Claims 220 Rebels Dead,” AAP Newsfeed, February 1, 1998.
“300 rebels reported killed in Sri Lanka: 'Ring of steel' to protect Charles,” The Gazette, February 2, 1998.