Incident Summary:

08/21/2020: Assailants armed with barbed wire attacked Vijayanathan Janarthan along Brown Road between Urelu and Valampurii in Northern, Sri Lanka. It is unclear whether Janarthan, a Tamil newspaper media correspondent, was harmed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



Sri Lanka

South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Urelu

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Brown Road between Urelu and Valampurii

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Tamil Newspaper, Valampuri
Specific Description Media Correspondent: Vijayanathan Janarthan
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
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Barbed wire 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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Young Tamil journalist attacked by unidentified men in Jaffna," Tamil Guardian, August 24, 2020.