Bakmaha (April) Atrocities Leading Political Assasination, Civilian Homicides & Attempt on Army Leader
• (Colombo-Lankapuvath-April 24) – LTTE’s hands turned on Lalith Athulathmudal
Since the onset of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 1983, the LTTE has assassinated
many public figures.
Sixteen years have passed since the death of Lalith Athulathmudali
(November 26, 1936 - April 23, 1993). He was a Sri Lankan politician of the
United National Party and former Cabinet Minister of Trade, National Security,
Agriculture, Education and Deputy Minister of Defence and the Leader of
Democratic United National Front (DUNF).
On 23 April 1993, the opposition party leader Mr. Lalith Athulathmudali was
assassinated by the LTTE at an election rally held in Kirullapone (Colombo 05).
As the twilight fell on April 23, 1993, an assassin's bullet pierced through his
heart when he was addressing a rally. That was the most heinous crime of the
century. It was so appalling a crime that it sent shock waves throughout the
• Habarana, Trincomalee Armed LTTE terrorists shot dead 127 Sinhalese, including 31 police and security
force personnel who were traveling in buses to Trincomalee
• On 20th April 87, 19 Sinhalese villagers shot dead at Jayanthipura, Trincomalee and on the following day another 14 villagers were chopped and mutilated to death in the same village in Trincomalee
• A car bomb exploded at Pettah, Bus Stand the heart
of Colombo, killing over 200 civilians and injuring over 300 others On 21 April 1987,
• On 20th April 91 Terrorists attacked
Niyadela Okkampitiya in Monaragala, hacked and shot to death 27 men, women and children.
• LTTE killed 09 civilians by chopping and mutilating at market Akkaraipattu on 24th April 91
• On 29th April 92 More than 60 civilians killed and wounded 15 others in Muslim village, Alinchipothana, Polonnaruwa.
• 1995 April 19, a suicide squad attacks two naval vessels in Trincomalee killing 12 soldiers.
• Attempted Assassination of Army Commander Lt. Gen. SarathFonseka
Suicide Bomb attack using high explosives on Sri Lanka Army Head Quarters in
Colombo on 25 April 2006 killed 11 and 27 injured including the Head of the Army, Lt. General Sarath Fonseka.
• Six farmers shot dead as violence continues in the east on 23rd April 2006. Suspected LTTE cadres
gunned down six farmers aged 17 – 25, among them 3 students at Kallampattu in Gomarankadawala. The armed LTTE men stormed Kallampattu village and brutally shot and killed them while returning after farming.
• Cheddikulam Bus Blast
On 23 April 2007, LTTE terrorists detonated a claymore mine on the Mannar
Medawachchiya road, killing 7 civilians and injuring 37 others.