List of civilian massacres attributed to Sri Lankan government forces

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The following is a list of attacks/massacres of civilians attributed to armed groups under the control of the Sri Lankan government - Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and paramilitary groups (Home Guards/Civil Defence Force, EPDP, PLOTE, TMVP etc.).

Attacks in chronological order[edit]

Attack / Massacre
Date
Location
Death toll Perpetrators
Sources
Tamil conference incident (1974) January 10, 1974 Jaffna, Jaffna District 9 Police [1][2][3]
Chunnakam Police station massacre January 8, 1984 Chunnakam, Jaffna District 19-20 Police [4]
Chunnakam market massacre March 28, 1984 Chunnakam, Jaffna District 10 Air Force [5][6][7]
Othiyamalai massacre December 1, 1984 Othiyamalai, Mullaitivu District 29 - 32 Army [8][9][10]
Amarivayal massacre November 14, 1984 Amarivayal, Trincomalee District 30-50 Army [11]
Thennamarawadi massacre November, 1984 Thennamarawadi, Trincomalee District 26 Army [12]
Mannar massacre (1984) December 4, 1984 Murunkan, Mannar District 107 - 150 Army [13][14][15][16][17]
Vadakkandal massacre January 30, 1985 Vadakkandal, Mannar District 52 Sri Lankan Air Force, Army [4]
Valvettithurai massacre (1985) May 12, 1985 Valvettithurai, Jaffna District 46 - 70 Army [15][18][19][20]
Kumudini boat massacre May 15, 1985 Sea off Jaffna District 23 Navy [21][22]
Thambattai massacre May 17, 1985 Thambattai, Ampara District 23 Police (STF) [23]
1985 Trincomalee massacres May-September, 1985 At Several places in Trincomalee District 280+ Sri Lanka Navy, Army, Home Guards [4][24]
Killiveddy massacre (1985) May 30, 1985 Killiveddy, Trincomalee District 44 Police [25]
Akkaraipattu massacre February 19, 1986 Akkaraipattu, Ampara District 80 Army [26][27][27][28]
Prawn farm massacre / Kokkadichcholai massacre (1987) January 27, 1987 Kokkadichcholai, Batticaloa District 83 Police (STF) [29][30][31] [32][33]
Kalmunai massacre June 12, 1990 Kalmunai, Ampara District 160 - 250 Army [34][35][36][37]
Veeramunai massacre August 12, 1990 Veeramunai, Ampara District 21 Home Guards [38]
Eastern University massacre / Vantharamulai campus massacre September 5, 1990 Batticaloa, Batticaloa District 158 Army [24][39][23][40]
Batticaloa massacre (1990) / Sathurukondan massacre September 9, 1990 Batticaloa, Batticaloa District 184 Army [20][41][42][43][44][45][23]
Chavakachcheri market massacre October 9, 1990 Chavakachcheri, Jaffna District 12 Army [38]
Kondaichchi massacre February, 1991 Kondaichchi, Mannar District 4 Army [38]
Eravur massacre February 20, 1991 Eravur, Batticaloa District 6 Home Guards [38]
Iruthayapuram massacre March, 1991 Iruthayapuram, Batticaloa District 11 Police [38]
Nayanmar Thidal massacre April 12, 1991 Nayanmar Thidal, Tampalakamam, Trincomalee District 4 [46]
Kokkadichcholai massacre (1991) June 12, 1991 Kokkadichcholai, Batticaloa District 152 Army [24][23][23][30][47][48][49][50]
Polonnaruwa massacre April 29, 1992 Muthugal and Karapola, Polonnaruwa District 87 Home Guards, Police [23][51][52]
Mylanthanai massacre August 9, 1992 Mylanthanai, Batticaloa District 35 Army [23][53] [54][55]
Paliyadvaddai massacre October 24, 1992 Paliyadvaddai, Batticaloa District 10-11 [56]
Jaffna lagoon massacre / Kilaly massacre January 2, 1993 Jaffna Lagoon, Jaffna District 35 - 100 Navy [24][57][58][59][60]
Vannathi Aru massacre February 17, 1993 Vannathi Aru, Batticaloa District 16 Army [23]
Kalviankadu massacre July 27, 1993 Kalviankadu, Jaffna District 6 Air Force [61]
Jaffna lagoon massacre July 29, 1993 Jaffna Lagoon, Jaffna District 19 Navy [61]
Pulmoddai massacre May 6, 1995 Pulmoddai, Trincomalee District 5 Army [62]
Navaly church bombing July 9, 1995 Navaly, Jaffna District 125 Air Force [63][64][65]
Nagerkovil school bombing September 22, 1995 Nagerkovil, Jaffna District 39 Air Force [15][66] [67]
Kumarapuram massacre / Trincomalee massacre (1996) / Killiveddy massacre (1996) February 11, 1996 Kumarapuram, Trincomalee District 24 Army [48][68][69][70][71]
Tampalakamam massacre February 3, 1998 Tampalakamam, Trincomalee District 8 Police, Home Guards [72][73][74][74]
Puthukkudiyiruppu bombing September 15, 1999 Puthukkudiyiruppu, Mullaitivu District 21 Air Force [75]
Pallikuda bombing May 12, 2000 Pallikuda, Kilinochchi District 5 Air Force [76]
Silivaturai massacre May 13, 2000 Silivaturai, Mannar District 5 Navy [76]
Columbuthurai massacre May 15, 2000 Columbuthurai, Jaffna District 5 Army [76]
Mirusuvil massacre December 20, 2000 Mirusuvil, Jaffna District 8 Army [77][77][78][79][80]
Trincomalee massacre (2006) January 2, 2006 Trincomalee, Trincomalee District 5 Police (STF) [81][82][82][83][84]
Allaipiddy massacre May 13, 2006 Allaipiddy, Jaffna District 13 Navy, EPDP [85][86][87]
Pesalai Church attack June 17, 2006 Pesalai, Mannar District 6 Navy [88][89][90]
Trincomalee massacre of NGO workers (2006) / Muttur massacre August 4, 2006 Muttur, Trincomalee District 17 Police, Home Guards [91][92]
St. Philip Neri Church shelling August 13, 2006 Allaipiddy, Jaffna District 15 - 36 Army [93][94][95][96]
Chencholai bombing August 14, 2006 Mullaitivu, Mullaitivu District 61 Air Force [97][98][99][100]
Vaharai Bombing / Vaharai Shelling November 7, 2006 Kathiraveli, Batticaloa District 45 Army [101]
Massacre at Thandikulam November 19, 2006 Thandikulam, Vavuniya 5 Police, Army [102][103][104]
Padahuthurai bombing / Illuppaikadavai bombing January 2, 2007 Illuppaikadavai, Mannar District 15 Air Force [105][106]
Murukandy claymore attack May 23, 2008 Murukandy, Mullaitivu District 16 Sri Lanka Army [107]
Tharmapuram Hospital shelling January 8, 2009 Tharmapuram, Mullaittivu District 7 Army [108]
Vallipuram Hospital shelling January 22, 2009 Vallipuram, Mullaittivu District 5 Army [108]
Suthanthirapuram shelling January 24, 2009 Suthanthirapuram Junction, Mullaittivu District 11+ Army [109]
Udayaarkaddu Hospital shelling January 26, 2009 Udayaarkaddu, Mullaittivu District 12 Army [108]
Puthukkudiyiruppu Hospital shelling February 1–3, 2009 Puthukkudiyiruppu, Mullaittivu District 9+ Army [108][109][110][111]
Ponnambalam Memorial Hospital bombing February 5–6, 2009 Near Puthukkudiyiruppu, Mullaittivu District Up to 75 [108][109][111]
Putumattalan Hospital shelling February 9–10, 2009 Putumattalan, Mullaittivu District 16+ Army [108][109][112]
Putumattalan Hospital shelling April 9, 2009 Putumattalan, Mullaittivu District 22+ Army [108][113]
Putumattalan Hospital shelling April 20, 2009 Putumattalan, Mullaittivu District 13+ Army [108]
Valayanmadam makeshift hospital bombing April 21, 2009 Valayanmadam, Mullaittivu District 4-5 Air Force [108]
Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling April 23, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District unk. Army [108]
Mullivaikkal Primary Health Center bombing April 28, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 6+ Army, Air Force [108]
Mullivaikkal Primary Health Center shelling April 29, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 6 Army [108]
Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling April 29, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 9+ Army [108]
Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling April 30, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 9 Army [108]
Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling May 1, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 27 Army [114]
Mullivaikkal Hospital shelling May 2, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 68 Army [108][115][116]
Mullivaikkal Hospital bombing May 12, 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 49 Army [117][118][119]
Weliweriya Protestors' Attack August 10, 2013 Weliweirya, Colombo District [120][121]


The above incomplete list is constantly being updated. Revisions and sourced additions are welcome.

See also[edit]

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