Incident Summary:

01/02/2008: Suspected Tamil rebels detonated a roadside bomb near a bus carrying wounded soldiers in the heart of Sri Lanka's capital yesterday, killing four people and injuring 24 others.

GTD ID:
200801020001

When:
2008-01-02

Country:
Sri Lanka

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Western

City:
Colombo

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
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb was used in the attack.
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 "Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan insisted the Tamil Tigers had ""nothing to do with"" the blast."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
Krishan Francis, “Sri Lanka government pulls out of cease-fire; bomb blast kills 4,” Associated Press, January 3, 2008.
Amal Jayasinghe, “Heavy fighting grips Sri Lanka as truce ends,” Agence France Presse, January 3, 2008.
The Advertiser (Australia), “Sri Lanka four killed in blast,” January 3, 2008.