Incident Summary:

4/1/2001: A bomb exploded at a stadium in Kurunegala, North Western province, Sri Lanka. The device detonated during a concert, when the stadium was filled with 25,000 spectators. At least six people died in the explosion, another five died from injuries, and at least another 150 people were injured. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Western


Location Details:
A stadium in Kurunegala, approximately 60 miles northwest of Colombo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity A stadium
Specific Description A stadium in Kurunegala
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the stadium
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
It is possible the device was a hand grenade with a gas canister attached to it
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 Police speculate that the incident may be linked to criminal gang warfare. Some witnesses report seeing three unexploded homemade explosive devices.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 150 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Namini Wijedasa, "Bomb blast kills 11 in Sri Lanka," Associated Press, March 31, 2001.
"Blast hits Sri Lanka concert, many casualties-police," Reuters, March 31, 2001.