Incident Summary:

06/06/2008: On Friday morning between 07:30 and 07:45, 22 civilians were killed and 60 others were wounded when suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants detonated a roadside bomb targeting commuter bus 29-1885. The bombing attack took place in Katubedda, Moratuwa district, Western province, Sri Lanka. The bomb consisted of an 11 pound remote-controlled claymore mine. No claim of responsibility was made for the incident.

GTD ID:
200806060009

When:
2008-06-06

Country:
Sri Lanka

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Western

City:
Near Moratuwa

Location Details:
The bombing attack took place in Katubedda, Moratuwa district, Western province, Sri Lanka.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description Commuter bus 29-1885 carrying civilian passengers
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb consisting of an 11 pound remote-controlled claymore mine was used in the bombing 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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 60 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 60
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Xinhua News Agency, "21 Killed, 60 Injured in Bus Explosion Near Colombo," Xinhua News Agency, June 6, 2008."
"Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense, "Death Toll Rises 22 in LTTE Bomb Blast in Katubadda," June 7, 2008, http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080607_09."
"Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense, "20 Civilians Killed, Over 60 Injured in Cowardly Terror Attack," June 6, 2008, http://www.defence.lk."