Incident Summary:

05/24/2000: A group calling itself as National Front Against Tigers (NFAT) claimed responsibility for a grenade attack on the Norwegian embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. No casualties and only minor damage to the embassy resulted from the attack.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Foreign Ministry of Norway
Specific Description Norwegian Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality of Target Norway
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
The attackers fired grenades from a passing motorcycle in the incident.
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 The Norwegian government was acting as intermediary in the peace process between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The perpetrator group claimed that Norway was an enabler of the LTTE.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Front Against Tigers (NFAT) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"NFAT Claims Responsibility for Attack on Norwegian Embassy,” TamilNet WWW, May 25, 2000.
"LEAD: Explosive thrown at Norwegian Embassy in Colombo,” Japan Economic Newswire, May 24, 2000.
"URGENT--- Grenade thrown at Norwegian embassy in Colombo,” Agence France Presse, May 24, 2000.