Incident Summary:

01/19/2006: Suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels detonated a claymore mine near a truck carrying soldiers in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Three police officers and a civilian were killed. 20 police and soldiers were injured, as was one civilian.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Center of the town of Batticaloa, 220 Kilometers (135 miles) east of Colombo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sri Lankan Army
Specific Description Sri Lankan Army traveling in a truck in Batticaloa
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Sri Lankan police
Specific Description Police officers in Batticaloa riding in a targeted army truck
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
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 Land Mine
Weapon Details
Claymore fragmentation 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 Two sources state that there were 21 injured, while one source states there were 23 injured
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 4 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Krishan Francis, "Two mine blasts kill four, injure 25 in Sri Lanka," Associated Press, January 19, 2006.
"Mine blasts kill 4, injure 24 in Sri Lanka," Dow Jones International News, January 19, 2006.
Raju Gopalakrishnan, "Update 3 - S.Lankan rebels keep up attacks as peace bid looms," Reuters, January 19, 2006.