Incident Summary:

07/26/2005: A landmine was detonated in Sri Lanka by the Karuna Faction, a radical offshoot of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, killing 15 Tigers. Reports indicated that the Karuna Faction was responsible, but the group did not actually claim responsibility for the attack.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The explosion occurred as LTTE members were in route to a meeting in a region outside of Sri Lankan government control

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam members
Specific Description LTTE cadres enroute to a protest meeting
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Land Mine
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 The attack was believed to have been carried out by the Karuna faction, a splinter group of the LTTE that is more radical in its views and aims than the LTTE.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 15
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
“Bomb Detonated Allegedly by Karuna Faction Kills LTTE Cadres,” Colombo Lakbima, July 27, 2005.