Incident Summary:

02/02/2008: A bomb was detonated at around 7 am in a passenger bus in Dambulla about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, Sri Lanka, killing 18 and wounding 51. Although they have not claimed responsibility for the attack, the Tamil Tigers are suspected.

GTD ID:
200802020002

When:
2008-02-02

Country:
Sri Lanka

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Central

City:
Dambulla

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Sri Lankan civilians
Specific Description Passenger bus in Dambulla
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive 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
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 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 51 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 51
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“Bomb hits bus in central Sri Lanka,” Riyadh SPA, Feb 02, 2008.
“Sri Lankan president urges calm after bomb kills 20,” Agence France Press, Feb 02, 2008.