Incident Summary:

06/25/2001: Guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ambushed an army bus by detonating a claymore mine that killed 6 soldiers, at Maduvil in the Jaffna peninsula, Sri Lanka.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sri Lanka Army
Specific Description Soldiers on the army bus at Maduvil in the Jaffna peninsula
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Weapon Details
The rebels used a claymore mine in their ambush on an army bus.
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) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The bus attack in the Jaffna peninsula came in an area where government forces had recently established control after driving out the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) . Government forces captured the peninsula December 1995, dismantling a de-facto state run by the LTTE, who want an independent country in Sri Lanka's northern and eastern regions for the island's Tamil minority.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"15 dead in Sri Lanka fighting as tigers blow up army bus," Business Recorder, June 26, 2001.