Incident Summary:

05/22/2008: On Thursday, at 1140, members of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal killed three Muslims in the village of Aaraiyampathi in Kattankudi near Batticaloa, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. Four others were wounded in the attack. The attack followed the death of two TMVP members who were gunned down by unknown perpetrators.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the village of Aaraiyampathi in Kattankudi near Batticaloa, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Three Muslims
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the attack.
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
Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Lexis Nexis, "Sri Lanka's East Hit by Political Violence," Agence France Presse, May 22, 2008.
South Asia Terrorism Portal, "Three Civilians and Two TMVP Members Killed in Batticaloa District," South Asia Terrorism Portal,
Tamil Net, "Muslims Shot Dead in Revenge by Paramilitary After the Killing of Key Operative," Tamil Net,