Incident Summary:

04/01/2001: Eleven people were killed, including the attacker, and at least 150 were injured when a man threw a grenade into a stadium crowded with concert-goers in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. The grenade was thought to have ignited at least one other bomb made of petrol that was nearby and ready for use, causing a fire in the stadium. Although no group claimed responsibility for the attack, authorities blamed rival gangs, believed to be seen arguing in the stadium shortly before the blast, from two local cities outside of Kurunegala.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Western


Location Details:
A stadium in Kurunegala, north of Colombo by 50 miles

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity The stadium and concert
Specific Description The stadium and concert
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Citizens at a concert
Specific Description Citizens at a concert
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 Grenade
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Sources note that the man threw a grenade, but had what appeared to be bombs containing petrol which ignited when the grenade exploded.
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The rival gangs were thought to be from Samanpura and Malkaduwawa, two cities outside of Kurunegala.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
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 1
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Eleven dead, 200 hurt in Sri Lanka concert blast," Channelnewsasia, April 2, 2001.
Dayan Candappa, "Grenade attack kills 11 in gang clash at Sri Lankan pop concert," The Independent (London), April 2, 2001.