Incident Summary:

04/28/2005: Four unidentified men abducted Dharmeratnam Sivaram, an ethnic Tamil journalist, from a restaurant in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The victim was discovered dead several hours later in a suburb of Colombo. The victim favored the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over the breakaway Karuna faction. The LTTE accuse the Sri Lankan military and the Karuna faction of murdering the journalist.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The victim was abducted from a restaurant in Colombo but his body was found in Talangama, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) outside Colombo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Pro-rebel Sri Lankan media
Specific Description Sivaram Dharmeratnam, an ethnic Tamil journalist for the Daily Mirror and board member of TamilNet
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Victim was found bound and gagged with gunshot wounds to the head
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
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 shot dead in Sri Lanka," Agence France-Presse, April 28, 2005.
Shimali Senanayake, "Prominent Tamil journalist slain near Sri Lankan capital," Associated Press, April 29, 2005.
"Tigers accuse Sri Lankan military of killing top Tamil journalist," Agence France-Presse, April 30, 2005.