Incident Summary:

10/06/2008: On Monday morning at 0845, in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, a suicide bomber targeting Janaka Perera and his wife, detonated explosives, killing himself and 28 others, and injuring 80 people. The attacker, strapped with explosives, embraced the politician and detonated the bomb. No motive was reported and no group claimed responsibility.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Central


Location Details:
The attack took place in Anuradhapura, North Central, Sri Lanka.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity United National Party
Specific Description Opposition Leader of the United National Party in North Central Province, Maj. Gen (retd.) Janaka Perera
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A suicide improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
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 most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 22 to 28, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 29 Fatalities / 80 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 29
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 80
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Tamil Net, "Janaka Perera Assassinated, Blast Kills 28 in Anuradhapura," (October 6th, 2008).
New York Times, "Blast Kills Sri Lanka Opposition Leader," LexisNexis Academic, New York Times, October 06, 2008.
Associated Press, "Military: Suicide Bomber Kills 27 in Sri Lanka," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press, October 06, 2008.