Incident Summary:

07/11/2008: On Friday, four civilians were killed and 25 others injured when Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels fired on a passenger bus traveling from Monaragala to Kataragama.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Kataragama

Location Details:
The attack occurred at the 49th mile post along the road between Moneragala and Kataragama.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description A passenger bus plying from Monaragala towards Kataragama
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An unknown type of firearms were 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 4 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Lexis Nexis, "4 Die as Sri Lankan Rebels Shoot at Passenger Bus," Japan Economic Newswire, July 11, 2008."
"Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence, "The Police Roadblock Near the Halmillawetiya Junction in Kebettigollawa in Anuradhapura," Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence, July 11, 2008."
"Lexis Nexis, "Four Killed in Tamil Tiger Attack in Sri Lanka," BBC Monitoring South Asia, July 11, 2008."