Incident Summary:

05/29/2008: On Thursday, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam fired 20 artillery shells towards the populated Kolombuthurai, Gurunagar and Pasiuura areas of Jaffna, North Eastern, Sri Lanka. Six civilians were killed and 12 others were injured in the attack.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Jaffna

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Kolombuthurai, Gurunagar and Pasiuura areas of Jaffna, North Eastern, Sri Lanka.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Jaffna
Specific Description Kolombuthurai, Gurunagar and Pasiuura areas of Jaffna
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Twenty artillery shells were fired.
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 6 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence, "6 Civilians Killed, 20 Injured in LTTE Artillery Attack at Jaffna [Photo Update]," Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence,"
"Reuters, "Sri Lanka Military Says Sinks 4 Rebel Boats, 8 Dead," Reuters, May 29, 2008."