Incident Summary:

05/17/1998: The Mayor of Jaffna, Sarojini Yogeswaran, was assassinated by two operatives representing the Sangilian Force, a front organization of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Another person was also killed in the attack.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Mayor of Jaffna
Specific Description Sarojini Yogeswaran, Mayor of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information An LTTE front organization, the Sangilian Force, claimed responsibility and stated that Yogeswaran was killed because she refused to step down from office.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Oshan, Fernando, “Asia: Sri Lankan Mayor Assassinated By Gunmen,” AAP Newsfeed, May 18, 1998.
Amal, Jayasinghe, “Asia: Slaying of Jaffna Mayor Blow to Moderates,” AAP NEWSFEED, May 18, 1998.
Dilip, Ganguly, “Murder of Tamil Mayor a Setback to Government's Democracy Efforts,” The Associated Press Worldstream, May 18, 1998.