Incident Summary:

01/16/2008: Suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels attacked a bus carrying civilians with claymores and gunfire outside of Buttala, Sri Lanka. Twenty-six people were killed and more than 60 injured.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Buttala

Location Details:
Attack occurred between Buttala and Okkampitiya at Helagama

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Bus
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Firearms Other Gun Type
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 Suspected rebels used a claymore to attack the bus and then gunfire on those who exited the bus.
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 26 Fatalities / 60 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 60
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Kyodo: LEAD: 26 Killed in Bombing as Sri Lanka Cease-Fire Ends,” Tokyo Kyodo World Service, January 16, 2008.
“Toll in Sri Lanka blast rises to 26,” Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense, Public Security, Law and Order website, January 16, 2008.
“Program Summary: Doha Al Jazeera English TV,” Doha Al Jazeera English TV, January 16, 2008.