Incident Summary:

05/09/2008: On Friday, at 1745, a bomb exploded at the City Café Hotel near the Ampara Clock tower in Ampara, North Eastern, Sri Lanka. The blast killed 11 civilians and injured 29 others. Police suspect Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam militants of setting of the bomb but no claim was made.

GTD ID:
200805090015

When:
2008-05-09

Country:
Sri Lanka

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Eastern

City:
Ampara

Location Details:
The City Café Hotel near the Ampara Clock tower in Ampara, North Eastern, Sri Lanka.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity City Café Hotel
Specific Description The City Café Hotel in Ampara
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
Weapon Details
An unknown explosive device was used.
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 11 Fatalities / 29 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 29
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"China View, "At Least 8 Killed in Blast in Eastern Sri Lanka," Xinhua, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-05/09/content_8137871.htm."
"South Asia Terrorism Portal, "11 Persons Killed In Bomb Blast In Ampara On The Eve Of Eastern Provincial Council Elections," South Asia Terrorism Portal, http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/detailed_news.asp?date1=5/10/2008#1."
"Lexis Nexis, "2nd Lead: 11 Killed in Bomb Explosion in Eastern Sri Lanka," Deutsche Presse Agentur, May 9, 2008."