Incident Summary:

06/06/2017: An assailant threw an incendiary device at a Muslim-owned carpet and leather shop on Wijerama Road in Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte, Western, Sri Lanka. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities arrested a Bodu Bala Sena member in connection with the incident. An ex-soldier was also arrested in connection with the attack.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Wijerama area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Muslim-Owned Carpet and Leather Shop
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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Arson attack in Wijerama: suspect a BBS member," Sri Lanka Daily News, June 11, 2017.
"Sri Lanka: Report Lists Details of Anti-Muslim Activities Taken Place From 16 April to 9 June," Virakesari, June 11, 2017.
"Suspect in Wijerama arson attack arrested," Daily News (Sri Lanka), June 10, 2017.