Incident Summary:

06/08/2018: Assailants opened fire on Donald Sampath's vehicle in Korakena, Uragasmanhandiya, Southern, Sri Lanka. Sampath, the deputy chair of the Pradeshiya Sabha in Karandeniya and a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) member, was killed and another passenger was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Korakena area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Karandeniya Pradeshiya Sabha
Specific Description Vehicle of Deputy Provincial Council Chairperson: Donald Sampath
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Karandeniya PS’s Dy Chairman shot dead," Daily Mirror Sri Lanka, June 9, 2018.
"Karandeniya PS Deputy Chairman killed," Sri Lanka Daily News, June 8, 2018.
"Karandeniya Pradeshiya Sabha Deputy Chairman shot dead," Sri Lanka Sunday Leader, June 8, 2018.