List of massacres in Sri Lanka

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The following is a list of massacres that have occurred in Sri Lanka and its predecessors (numbers may be approximate):

Massacres in chronological order[edit]

Massacre Date Location District Province Death
toll
Perpetrators Refs
Madulla massacre 9 December 1817 Madulla Central 22 [1][2]
1818 Uva-Wellassa Uprising massacre 1818 Uva Unknown[3] [4][5][6]
Tamil conference incident 10 January 1974 Jaffna Jaffna Northern 9 Police [7][8][9]
Puttalam massacre 2 February 1976 Puttalam Puttalam North Western 6-7 Police [7][10][11][12]
Thirunelveli massacre 24 July 1983 Thirunelveli Jaffna Northern 51 Army [13]
Welikada prison massacre 25–27 July 1983 Welikada Prison, Colombo Colombo Western 53 Sinhalese prisoners aided by Sinhalese prison guards [14][15][16]
Sampalthoddam massacre January 1984 Sampalthoddam Vavuniya Northern 55-70 Army [13]
Chunnakam Police station massacre 8 January 1984 Chunnakam Jaffna Northern 19-20 Police [13]
Chunnakam market massacre 18 March 1984 Chunnakam Jaffna Northern 10 Air Force [17][18][19]
Point Pedro massacre 16 September 1984 Point Pedro Jaffna Northern 16 Police [13]
Kent and Dollar Farm massacres 30 November 1984 Mullaitivu Northern 62 LTTE
Kokilai massacre 1 December 1984 Kokilai Mullaitivu Northern 11 LTTE
Othiyamalai massacre 1 December 1984 Othiyamalai Mullaitivu Northern 29-32 Army [20][21][22]
Thennamarawadi massacre 2-4 December 1984 Thennamarawadi Trincomalee Eastern 26 Army [23]
Manal Aru massacre 3 December 1984 Manal Aru Mullaitivu Northern 100+ Army [13]
Amaravayal massacre 3-4 December 1984 Amarivayal Trincomalee Eastern 30-50 Army [23]
Mannar massacre 4 December 1984 Murunkan Mannar Northern 107-150 Army [24][25][26][27][28]
Kokkilai massacres 15 December 1984 Several locations Mullaitivu Northern 131 Army [13]
Mulliyavalai massacre 16 January 1985 Mulliyavalai Mullaitivu Northern 52 Army [13]
Vadakkandal massacre 30 January 1985 Vadakkandal Mannar Northern 52 Air Force, Army [13]
Puthukkudiyiruppu massacre 21 April 1985 Puthukkudiyiruppu Mullaitivu Northern 30 Army [13]
Trincomalee massacres May-September 1985 Several places Trincomalee Eastern 280+ Army, Home Guards, Navy [13][29]
Valvettithurai massacre 12 May 1985 Valvettithurai Jaffna Northern 46-70 Army [13][26][30][31]
Anuradhapura massacre 14 May 1985 Anuradhapura Anuradhapura North Central 146 LTTE [32][33]
Kumudini boat massacre 15 May 1985 Sea Jaffna Northern 23 Navy [34][35]
Thambattai massacre 17 May 1985 Thambattai Ampara Eastern 23 Police (STF) [36]
Killiveddy massacre 30 May 1985 Killiveddy Trincomalee Eastern 44 Police [37]
Muttur massacre 8-11 November 1985 Muttur Trincomalee Eastern 30-100 Air Force, Army, Navy [13]
Kantalai massacre 9 November 1985 Kantalai Trincomalee Eastern 6 Army [13]
Akkaraipattu massacre 19 February 1986 Akkaraipattu Ampara Eastern 80 Army [38][39][40]
Air Lanka Flight 512 3 May 1986 BIA, Katunayake Gampaha Western 21 LTTE [41]
Prawn farm massacre / Kokkadichcholai massacre 27 January 1987 Kokkadichcholai Batticaloa Eastern 83 Police (STF) [42][43][44][45][46]
Aluth Oya massacre 17 April 1987 Habarana Anuradhapura North Central 127 LTTE [47][48][49]
Central Bus Station bombing 21 April 1987 Colombo Colombo Western 116 LTTE
Aranthalawa massacre 2 June 1987 Aranthalawa Ampara Eastern 33 LTTE
Jaffna hospital massacre 21–22 October 1987 Jaffna Jaffna Northern 68-70 IPKF 50 injured
Valvettiturai massacre 2–3 August 1989 Valvettiturai Jaffna Northern 64 IPKF 43 injured
Nittambuwa massacre 27 February 1990 Nittambuwa Gampaha Western 12 Police [50]
Police officers massacre 11 June 1990 Eastern 600-774 LTTE [51][52]
Kalmunai massacre 12 June 1990 Kalmunai Ampara Eastern 160-250 Army [53][54][55][56]
Kattankudy mosque massacre 3 August 1990 Kattankudy Batticaloa Eastern 147 LTTE [57]
Veeramunai massacre 12 August 1990 Veeramunai Ampara Eastern 21 Home Guards [58]
Eastern University massacre / Vantharamulai campus massacre 5 September 1990 Batticaloa Batticaloa Eastern 158 Army [36][59][60]
Batticaloa massacre / Sathurukondan massacre 9 September 1990 Batticaloa Batticaloa Eastern 184 Army [36][61][62][63][64][65][66]
Chavakachcheri market massacre 9 October 1990 Chavakachcheri Jaffna Northern 12 Army [58]
Kondaichchi massacre February 1991 Kondaichchi Mannar Northern 4 Army [58]
Eravur massacre 20 February 1991 Eravur Batticaloa Eastern 6 Home Guards [58]
Iruthayapuram massacre March 1991 Iruthayapuram Batticaloa Eastern 11 Police [58]
Nayanmar Thidal massacre 12 April 1991 Nayanmar Thidal, Tampalakamam Trincomalee Eastern 4 [67]
Kokkadichcholai massacre 12 June 1991 Kokkadichcholai Batticaloa Eastern 152 Army [36][43][44][60][68][69][70]
Palliyagodella massacre 15 October 1991 Palliyagodella Polonnaruwa North Central 109 LTTE [33][47]
Polonnaruwa massacre 29 April 1992 Muthugal and Karapola Polonnaruwa North Central 87 Home Guards, LTTE, Police [36][71][72]
Mylanthanai massacre 9 August 1992 Mylanthanai Batticaloa Eastern 35 Army [36][73][74][75]
Paliyadvaddai massacre 24 October 1992 Paliyadvaddai Batticaloa Eastern 10-11 [76]
Jaffna lagoon massacre / Kilaly massacre 2 January 1993 Jaffna Lagoon Jaffna Northern 35-100 Navy [77][78][79][80]
Vannathi Aru massacre 17 February 1993 Vannathi Aru Batticaloa Eastern 16 Army [36]
Kalviankadu massacre 27 July 1993 Kalviankadu Jaffna Northern 6 Air Force [81]
Jaffna lagoon massacre 29 July 1993 Jaffna Lagoon Jaffna Northern 19 Navy [81]
Kallarawa massacre 25 May 1995 Kallarawa Trincomalee Eastern 42 LTTE
Pulmoddai massacre 6 May 1995 Pulmoddai Trincomalee Eastern 5 Army [82]
Navaly church bombing 9 July 1995 Navaly Jaffna Northern 125 Air Force [83][84][85]
Nagerkovil school bombing 22 September 1995 Nagerkovil Jaffna Northern 39 Air Force [86][87][88]
Eastern Sri Lanka massacres 16 October 1995 Villages in eastern Sri Lanka Eastern 120 LTTE
Central Bank bombing 31 January 1996 Colombo Colombo Western 91 LTTE [32]
Kumarapuram massacre / Trincomalee massacre / Killiveddy massacre 11 February 1996 Kumarapuram Trincomalee Eastern 24 Army [89][90][91][92][93]
Dehiwala train bombing 24 July 1996 Dehiwala Colombo Western 64 LTTE
Temple of the Tooth attack 25 January 1998 Temple of the Tooth, Kandy Kandy Central 17 LTTE [94][95][96]
Tampalakamam massacre 3 February 1998 Tampalakamam Trincomalee Eastern 8 Home Guards, Police [97][98][99][99]
Lionair Flight 602 29 September 1998 Sea Mannar Northern 55 LTTE [100]
Puthukkudiyiruppu bombing 15 September 1999 Puthukkudiyiruppu Mullaitivu Northern 21 Air Force [101]
Gonagala massacre 18 September 1999 Gonagala Ampara Eastern 50 LTTE
Pallikuda bombing 12 May 2000 Pallikuda Kilinochchi Northern 5 Air Force [102]
Silivaturai massacre 13 May 2000 Silivaturai Mannar Northern 5 Navy [102]
Columbuthurai massacre 15 May 2000 Columbuthurai Jaffna Northern 5 Army [102]
Bindunuwewa massacre 25 October 2000 Bindunuwewa Badulla Uva 26 Sinhalese villagers [103][104][105][106][107]
Mirusuvil massacre 20 December 2000 Mirusuvil Jaffna Northern 8 Army [108][108][109][110][111]
Trincomalee massacre 2 January 2006 Trincomalee Trincomalee Eastern 5 Police (STF) [112][113][113][114][115]
Gomarankadawala massacre 23 April 2006 Gomarankadawala Trincomalee Eastern 6 LTTE
Allaipiddy massacre 13 May 2006 Allaipiddy Jaffna Northern 13 EPDP, Navy [116][117][118]
Kebithigollewa massacre 15 June 2006 Kebithigollewa Anuradhapura North Central 66 LTTE
Pesalai Church attack 17 June 2006 Pesalai Mannar Northern 6 Navy [119][120][121]
Trincomalee massacre of NGO workers / Muttur massacre 4 August 2006 Muttur Trincomalee Eastern 17 Home Guards, Police [122][123]
St. Philip Neri Church shelling 13 August 2006 Allaipiddy Jaffna Northern 15 - 36 Army [124][125][126][127]
Chencholai bombing 14 August 2006 Mullaitivu Mullaitivu Northern 61 Air Force [128][129][130][131]
Digampathana bombing / Habarana massacre 16 October 2006 Digampathaha Matale District Central 92-103 LTTE
Vaharai Bombing / Vaharai Shelling 7 November 2006 Kathiraveli Batticaloa Eastern 45 Army [132]
Massacre at Thandikulam 19 November 2006 Thandikulam Vavuniya Northern 5 Army, Police [133][134][135]
Padahuthurai bombing / Illuppaikadavai bombing 2 January 2007 Illuppaikadavai Mannar Northern 15 Air Force [136][137]
Murukandy claymore attack 23 May 2008 Murukandy Mullaitivu Northern 16 Army [138]
Tharmapuram Hospital shelling 8 January 2009 Tharmapuram Mullaitivu Northern 7 Army [139]
Vallipuram Hospital shelling 22 January 2009 Vallipuram Mullaitivu Northern 5 Army [139]
Suthanthirapuram shelling 24 January 2009 Suthanthirapuram Junction Mullaitivu Northern 11+ Army [140]
Udayaarkaddu Hospital shelling 26 January 2009 Udayaarkaddu Mullaitivu Northern 12 Army [139]
Puthukkudiyiruppu Hospital shelling 1-3 February 2009 Puthukkudiyiruppu Mullaitivu Northern 9+ Army [139][140][141][142]
Ponnambalam Memorial Hospital bombing 5-6 February 2009 Near Puthukkudiyiruppu Mullaitivu Northern 75 (up to) [139][140][142]
Putumattalan Hospital shelling 9 February-20 April 2009 Putumattalan Mullaitivu Northern 51+ Army [139][140][143][144]
Valayanmadam makeshift hospital bombing 21 April 2009 Valayanmadam Mullaitivu Northern 4-5 Air Force [139]
Mullivaikkal Hospital bombings 23 April-12 May 2009 Mullivaikkal Mullaitivu Northern 100+ Air Force, Army [139][145][146][147][148][149][150]
Welikada prison riot 9-10 November 2012 Welikada Prison Colombo Western 27 Army, Police (STF) [151][152]
Weliweriya Protestors' Attack 1 August 2013 Weliweirya Gampaha Western 3 Army [153][154][155]

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