Incident Summary:

06/15/2006: A land mine ripped through a passenger bus Thursday in northern Sri Lanka, killing at least 63 people and wounding 71. The Sri Lankan government blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. No claim of responsibility was reported.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Central

Anuradhapura district

Location Details:
100 miles, north of Colombo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity state-owned bus
Specific Description overcrowded state-owned bus en route to a market town in the historic Anuradhapura district
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Land Mine
Weapon Details
Two remote control Claymore mines, placed side by side.
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 local police in the area said that 15 children were among the 63 dead
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 63 Fatalities / 71 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 63
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 71
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"At least 63 killed in Sri Lanka bus attack; Government blames rebels and retaliates; 15 children are dead" The International Herald Tribune, June 16, 2006.
“64 Die as bombers strike bus to leave cease fire in tatters.” The Times, June 16, 2006.