Incident Summary:

05/26/2008: On Monday, at 1650, a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam parcel bomb with a timer exploded in the fifth compartment of the Kalutara district-bound train near Dehiwala in Colombo, Western, Sri Lanka. The explosion killed nine passengers and wound 70 others.

GTD ID:
200805260015

When:
2008-05-26

Country:
Sri Lanka

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Western

City:
Dehiwala

Location Details:
The attack happened at the fifth compartment of the Kalutara district-bound train near Dehiwala 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 Sri Lankan Railway System
Specific Description The Kalutara district-bound train
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 Time Fuse
Weapon Details
A parcel bomb with a timer was 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
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
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
"China View, "Explosion Kills 7, Injures 62 in Sri Lankan Capital," Xinhua, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-05/26/content_8258030.htm."
"Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence, "7 Killed, 62 Wounded in LTTE Bomb Explosion - Dehiwala [3rd Lead]," Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence, http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080526_07."
"South Asia Terrorism Portal, "Four Women Among Eight Civilians Killed in LTTE-triggered Blast in a Train Near Colombo," South Asia Terrorism Portal, http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/detailed_news.asp?date1=5/27/2008#1."