Madhu school bus bombing

The Madhu School bus bombing was the bombing of a school bus carried out on January 29, 2008 in Mannar, Northern province of Sri Lanka. The bombing killed 17, including 11 school children, and injured at least 14 more people. The LTTE accused the Sri Lankan Army for the attack but the Army denied the allegations. This attack was the second attack on a civilian bus in the month of January in Sri Lanka[2][3]

Madhu school bus bombing
Mannar District within Sri Lanka
LocationMadhu, Mannar, Sri Lanka
DateJanuary 29, 2008
14:30[1] (UTC+5:30)
Attack type
Remote bombing
WeaponsClaymore Mine


On January 2, the government of Sri Lanka officially pulled out of the cease fire signed in 2002. On January 16, 23 people were killed in a bus bombing at Okkampitya, a town in southern Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan police blamed the LTTE for this attack.[4]


On 29 January 2008 a bus carrying civilians was hit by a claymore mine that resulted in the death of 17 civilians including 11 school children and injuring 14 more people. This incident took place in the town of Mannar about 1 km from the Madhu Church which is a LTTE rebel controlled area .[1][5]Tamilnet reported that the civilian bus was hit by a claymore that was triggered by Sri Lankan Army’s deep penetration unit. It further claimed that the victims were students and teachers returning from a sporting event.[1] The Sri Lankan Army denied any responsibility and claimed that there was no military unit operating in the area at that time.[6]

See also


  1. B. Muralidhar Reddy (2008-01-30). "11 schoolchildren killed in Sri Lanka". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  2. "Civilians pay dearly".
  3. "20 killed, 14 wounded, SLA attacks bus carrying school children in Madu". Tamilnet. 4 August 2017.
  4. "Sri Lanka bus bomb kills 23". lankanewspaper. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  5. "'School children killed' in Mannar". BBCSinhala. BBC. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  6. "Colombo denies LTTE charges of attack on school bus". Dawn. 4 August 2017.

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