Incident Summary:

03/10/2000: 22 persons including three perpetrators were killed and 47 wounded when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) detonated bombs and opened fire at the busy Ayurveda roundabout in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Eight vehicles were badly damaged and one office van was completely destroyed. Two nearby policemen observed suspicious movements in a bush by the roadside, walked up to investigate and discovered two armed men connecting the wires to a claymore mine which they had already placed on a tree nearby. The two gunmen opened fire at point blank range, killing both policemen instantly. The attackers then started firing rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and exploding bombs and hand grenades in all directions.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Sri Lankan Police
Specific Description Policemen at the Ayurveda roundabout in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians at the Ayurveda roundabout in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
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 Security Forces defused the claymore mine fixed to the tree. Police said they believe that LTTE had planned to attack a VIP returning from Parliament, but due to the discovery of the two perpetrators who planted the claymore mine, the attack on the VIP was aborted. Six people were arrested after the attacks.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) (suspected) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 6
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 47 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 47
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Colombo Police Nab Six Tamils Over 10 Mar Suicide Attack,” TamilNet, March 12, 2000.
“Colombo Blast: Defense Minister Believed To Be Main Target,” Colombo Sunday Observer, March 12, 2000.
“Daily Reports Details of Colombo Bomb Blast, 22 Killed,” Colombo Daily News, March 11, 2000.