Incident Summary:

04/21/2019: A pipe bomb was discovered and safely defused near Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, Western, Sri Lanka. This was one of eight coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. In addition to eight suicide bombers, at least 258 people, including four United States citizens, were killed and at least 500 others were injured across the other seven attacks. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Christians and citizens of "coalition countries" were targeted in the attacks. Authorities, however, questioned the veracity of this claim. Jamaat al-Tawhid al-Watania also claimed responsibility for the attacks. Additionally, sources attributed the attacks to National Thowheeth Jama'ath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Katunayake

Location Details:
The incident occurred on a road leading to Bandaranaike International Airport.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Bandaranaike International Airport
Specific Description Airport
Nationality of Target Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
A locally made roadside pipe bomb measuring six feet in length was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Sources also attributed the attack to Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Jamaat al-Tawhid al-Watania Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
National Thowheeth Jama'ath 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
"Sri Lanka Attacks: What We Know and Don’t Know," New York Times, April 24, 2019.
"Sri Lankan investigator says no direct IS link in Easter attacks," Xinhua News Agency, July 25, 2019.
"Sri Lanka identifies 9 Easter suicide bombers," The Washington Post, May 2, 2019.