Incident Summary:

05/31/2004: Iyathurai G. Nadesan, a journalist for the Colombo-based Virakesari Tamil daily newspaper, was shot and killed in Batticaloa city in Eastern Sri Lanka. There were no eyewitnesses and no group claimed responsibility, although officials expect the killing may be due to rifts within the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Near a Hindu temple, in Batticaloa city, 220 kilometers (136 miles) east of Colombo.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Virakesari Tamil daily newspaper
Specific Description Iyathurai G. Nadesan
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Tamil journalist killed in Sri Lanka ," Associated Press, May 31, 2004.
"Suspected rebels kill journalist in Sri Lanka's embattled east," Agence France-Presse, May 31, 2004.
"Tamil journalist shot dead in Sri Lanka's east," Reuters, May 31, 2004.