Incident Summary:

06/06/2008: On Friday afternoon at 15:50, two suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants set off a remote-controlled bomb on commuter bus cp HE 7503 killing two civilians and wounding 20 others. The bombing attack took place on the road from Mathale to Kandy via Waththegama near the Teachers' Training School in the central hill district of Pollgolla, Kandy district, Central province, Sri Lanka. The terrorist who planted the bomb died in the explosion while the second militant was arrested by police while he was trying to escape the scene. No claim of responsibility was made for the incident.

GTD ID:
200806060010

When:
2008-06-06

Country:
Sri Lanka

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Central

City:
Kandy

Location Details:
The bombing attack took place on the road from Mathale to Kandy via Waththegama near the Teachers' Training School in the central hill district of Pollgolla, Kandy district, Central 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 cp HE 7503 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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled bomb placed on a bus was used in the VBIED 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 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense, "2 Innocent Civilians Killed, 20 Injured in LTTE Bus Bomb," June 6, 2008, http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080606_09."
"BBC Monitoring South Asia, "Deadly Blasts Hit Sri Lanka Buses," Lexis Nexis, BBC Monitoring South Asia, June 6, 2008."
"Sinhalaya, "Bomb Explosion in Pollgolla," June 6, 2008, http://www.sinhalaya.com/news/english/wmview.php?ArtID=15395."