Incident Summary:

02/03/2008: A suicide bomber detonated on a train in Colombo, Sri Lanka, killing 11 and injuring nearly 100. While the Tamil Tigers have not claimed responsibility, they are suspected of carrying out the attack. The female suicide bomber detonated as a train from the suburb of Ambepussa pulled up at the Fort terminal. Seven of the eleven were immediately killed while the remaining four died at the hospital.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:



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 train in Kotte railway station
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Pieces of a suicide jacket were found at the scene
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Further on seven dead, nearly 100 hurt in Sri Lanka suicide blast,” Agence France Press, Feb 03, 2008.
“11 killed in Sri Lanka train suicide blast,” Agence France Press, Feb 03, 2008.
“11 Slain, 100 Hurt in Colombo Railway Station Blast,” Wentworthville Puthinam, Feb 03, 2008.