Incident Summary:

01/19/2006: Unidentified assailants attacked a Sri Lanka Navy jeep with a claymore mine strapped to a bicycle around 4:00pm along the Trincomalee-Kandy road in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, wounding 19. Among those wounded were two Navy personnel, one police constable, and 16 civilians. Following the attack, soldiers retaliated by shooting back at the assailants. Several civilians were detained for questioning after the incident.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Trincomalee district

Location Details:
Sri Lanka Navy jeep in Trincomalee district between Gandhinagar and Anuradhapura junction along the Trincomalee-Kandy highway, 3km southwest of east port town

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sri Lankan military
Specific Description Sri Lankan Navy jeep and soldiers in the vicinity
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Sri Lankan police
Specific Description Police constables in the vicinity of the attack
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Sri Lankan civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the attack
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
Claymore mine attached to bicycle
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 It was unclear if all of the injuries sustained occurred during the explosion, or if some occurred during the return fire from the soldiers after the attack. The injured include one. The wounded individuals included: Benedict (38), Vinotharajah (28), Kamalathas (48), Pakiarajah (24), Nawas (42), Arulraj (30), Ravichandran (37), Jeyachandran (34), Chandrasekara (38) and Mashoor (73). Sources note that many of those wounded were Tamils, although several were Sinhalese or Muslim.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 19 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 19
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Four killed in mine blast," Daily News, January 20, 2006.
"10 civilians, 3 SLA soldiers, policeman wounded in Trincomalee," TamilNet, January 19, 2006.