Incident Summary:

05/21/2017: Assailants threw a petrol bomb at a mosque in Kurunegala, North Western, Sri Lanka. There were no reported casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities arrested two Bodu Bala Sena members in connection with the attack.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Western


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Maligapitiya area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Jumma Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
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
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A Petrol bomb was 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
Bodu Bala Sena No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two arrested over Kurunegala mosque attack: Police," Daily Mirror Sri Lanka, June 15, 2017.
"Attacks in Sri Lankan mosques are condemned by U.S," New Delhi Times, May 22, 2017.
"US condemns attacks against mosques in Sri Lanka," DailyFT, May 21, 2017.