Incident Summary:

06/16/2008: A male Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber detonated explosives on his motorcycle outside the SSP (Senior Superintendent of Police) office complex in Vavuniya in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The blast resulted in the death of 12 police personnel, including three women police constables. An additional 40 people, including 17 police officers and children, were injured in the explosion. It is unknown if property damage resulted from the incident.

GTD ID:
200806160017

When:
2008-06-16

Country:
Sri Lanka

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Northern

City:
Vavuniya

Location Details:
outside the SSP (Senior Superintendent of Police) office complex in Vavuniya in the Northern Province

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Sri Lankan Police
Specific Description police personnel of the SSP (Senior Superintendent of Police) office complex
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description civilians (children)
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
suicide bomber on motorcycle packed with explosives
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The incident occurred at about 7:10am as police personnel were leaving their office for duty.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) (suspected) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Amal Jayasinghe, "Motorcycle suicide bomber kills 12 police in Sri Lanka: officials," Agence France-Presse, June 16, 2008."
"Chietigj Bajpaee, "Suspected Tamil Rebels Bomb Police Station in Northern Sri Lanka," Global Insight, June 16, 2008."
"More on north Sri Lanka suicide blast," Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order, June 16, 2008."