LTTE Terrorist Attacks
Selected Chronology (since 1987)


Terrorist Attack

April 1987 Car bomb explodes at Colombo central bus station, killing 113 people and wounding scores.
April 1989 Car bomb explodes in the eastern port of Trincomalee, killing 51 people shopping for traditional new year.
March 1991 Defence Minister Ranjan Wijeratne is among 19 killed when a car bomb is detonated in Colombo.
May 1991 Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is killed in southern India by a suspected LTTE suicide bomber.
Aug. 1992 The army chief, Lieutenant-General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, is killed in a landmine blast in Kayts, in northern Sri Lanka.
Nov 1992 Navy chief Clancey Fernando is killed in a suicide bombing in Colombo.
May 1993 President Ranasinghe Premadasa and 23 others are killed by a suicide bomber in Colombo.
Oct. 1994 Presidential candidate Gamini Dissanayake is one of 52 killed in a bomb blast at a Colombo election rally.
Jan. 1996 A truck filled with explosives rams into the Central Bank building in Colombo, killing up to 100 people and wounding 1,400.
July 1996 Two bomb blasts on a rush-hour commuter train kill 57 people and wound more than 250.
Dec. 1999 President Chandrika Kumaratunga is lost an eye in assassination attempt by suicide bomber; over 34.
June 2000 Industrial Development Minister C.V. Gunaratne and 21 others are killed in a suicide bomb blast in Colombo.
July 2001 Attack on main air base and only international airport kills at least 12 people and destroys 13 aircraft.
Aug. 2005 Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar is shot dead at his home in Colombo.
April 2006 Army Commander Major General Sarath Fonseka is badly hurt in an abortive suicide attack on Army HQ in Colombo.
May 2006 Kethesh Loganathan, deputy head of peace secretariat, is shot dead at his Colombo home.
June 2006 Army Deputy Chief of Staff Parami Kulatunga killed when suicide bomber on motorcycle outside Colombo.
June 2006 A mine attack on a civilian bus in the central district of Anuradapura kills 64.
Oct. 2006 Nearly 100 people, mostly navy sailors, are killed in a suicide bombing on a convoy near Habarana, NE of Colombo.
Jan. 1, 2008 Main opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian T. Maheshweran is shot dead at a Hindu temple.
Jan. 8, 2008 Nation Building Minister D.M. Dassanayake is killed by a roadside bomb at Ja-Ela, 12 miles (19 km) north of Colombo.
Jan. 16, 2008 Civilian bus bombed at Moneragala, killing 24 people and wounding dozens.
Feb. 2, 2008 Civilian bus bombed at Dambulla, killing at least 20 people and wounding 50.