1996 Dehiwala train bombing

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Dehiwala train bombing
Date July 24, 1996
Cause bombing
Statistics
Deaths 64
Injuries 400

The Dehiwala train bombing was a terrorist attack carried out by the LTTE during the rush hour of July 24, 1996.

Incident[edit]

The Dehiwala train bombing resulted in 64 civilian deaths and wounding 400 others. The attack was carried out by LTTE operatives placing suitcase bombs in four carriages on a commuter train. The simultaneous explosion of these bombs resulted in a large number of casualties. The technique of simultaneously exploding multiple bombs in several carriages was used for the first time in this attack.[1]

In a July 25, 1996, statement the U.S. State Department and EU condemned the bombing of the Dehiwela railway station in Colombo and called on the LTTE to renounce the use of terrorism, also in July, the Indian government extended its ban on LTTE as an unlawful association under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.[2]

Reaction[edit]

The LTTE, was later condemned by the International community including the US and EU.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tamil Arrested in Sri Lanka Train Bombing". The New York Times. September 4, 1996. 
  2. ^ "The Role of the International Community-Sri Lanka". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gunaratna, Rohan (1998). Sri Lanka's Ethnic Crisis and National Security. Colombo: South Asian Network on Conflict Research. ISBN 955-8093-00-9. 
  • Gunaratna, Rohan (October 1, 1987). War and Peace in Sri Lanka: With a Post-Accord Report From Jaffna. Sri Lanka: Institute of Fundamental Studies. ISBN 955-8093-00-9. 
  • Gunasekara, S.L. (November 4, 2003). The Wages of Sin. ISBN 955-8552-01-1. 

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