Incident Summary:

10/16/2006: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bombers rammed a truck laden with explosives into a bus transit point for security forces in Digampathaha, Central, Sri Lanka. The attack killed 103 Sri Lankan soldiers and wounded 150. The soldiers were believed to be unarmed and were on buses en route to posts or leave destinations. Of the 15 buses present, and two bore the brunt of the damage. No claim of responsibility was immediately forthcoming.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sri Lankan security Forces
Specific Description Transit point for security personnel in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
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 Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information This attack came one week after a Sri Lankan military offensive against the LTTE suffered a major set back with 133 Sri Lankan soldiers killed and another 500 wounded. At the time of the attack, it was the worst ever LTTE strike against Sri Lankan forces.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 103 Fatalities / 150 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 103
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“103 Killed in Suicide Attack on Sri Lanka Security Forces,” Tokyo Kyodo World News Service, October 16, 2006.
“Doctor Says 98 Dead, 150 Wounded in Suicide Bomber Attack in Sri Lanka,” Agence France-Presse, October 16, 2006.
Amal Jayasinghe, “More on Sri Lanka's Deadliest Suicide Bombing Kills 103 People,” Agence France-Presse, October 16, 2006.