Incident Summary:

06/15/2006: Claymore Mine explosion kills 58-64 and injures approximately 80 in northern Sri Lanka. No group claimed responsibility, but the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were suspected.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Vavuniya

Location Details:
23 km southeast on highway

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Unknown
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Weapon Details
Claymore 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 occured around 7:50 a.m.
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 Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 64 Fatalities / 80 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 64
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 80
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Sri Lanka Military Say 'At Least' 64 Passengers Killed, 80 Wounded in Bus Blast,” Agence France-Presse, June 15, 2006.
“Sri Lanka: TamilNet--61 Killed in Mine Blast in Vavuniya; LTTE 'Condemn' Attack,” TamilNet, June 15, 2006.
“Sri Lanka army says 58 dead in bus blast,” Columbo Sri Lankan Army website, June 15, 2006.