Incident Summary:

4/25/2008: On Friday, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam militants set off a bomb inside a Ceylon Transport Board public bus in Piliyandala in Colombo, Western, Sri Lanka. The blast killed 26 people and wounded over 70 others.

GTD ID:
200804250002

When:
2008-04-25

Country:
Sri Lanka

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Western

City:
Piliyandala

Location Details:
A Ceylon Transport Board bus parked at Piliyandala public bus stand in Colombo, Western, Sri Lanka.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Ceylon Transport Board
Specific Description A Ceylon Transport Board public bus in Piliyandala
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
An unknown explosive device was detonated at the bus stand.
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 26 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"The Guardian, "24 Killed and Dozens Injured in Sri Lankan Bus Bombing," Associated Press in Colombo, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/apr/26/srilanka."
"Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence, "LTTE Terrorists Commit Bloodbath Against Civilians; 23 Killed and Over 70 Wounded - Piliyandala," Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence, http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080425_02."
"Ranga Sirilal, "Sri Lanka Bus Bomb Kills 25, Military Blame Tigers," Reuters, April 26, 2008."