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List of massacres in Sri Lanka

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

Name Date Location Deaths Notes
Madulla massacre 9 December 1817 Madulla, Central Province, Sri Lanka 22 [1][2]
1818 Uva-Wellassa Uprising massacre 1818 Uva Province Unknown Male population above 18 years in Uva were killed[3][4][5]
Tamil conference incident 10 January 1974 Jaffna, Jaffna District 9 [6][7][8]
Welikada prison massacre 25–27 July 1983 Welikada Prison, Colombo, Colombo District 53 [9][10][11]
Kent and Dollar Farm massacres 30 November 1984 Mullaitivu District 62
Kokilai massacre 1 December 1984 Kokilai, Mullaitivu District 11
Mannar massacre 4 December 1984 Murunkan, Mannar District 107 – 150 [12][13][14][15][16]
Valvettithurai massacre 12 May 1985 Valvettithurai, Jaffna District 46 – 70 [13][17][18]
Anuradhapura massacre 14 May 1985 Anuradhapura, Anuradhapura District 146 [19][20]
Kumudini boat massacre 15 May 1985 Sea off Jaffna District 23 [21][22]
Akkaraipattu massacre 19 February 1986 Akkaraipattu, Ampara District 80 [23][24][25]
Air Lanka Flight 512 3 May 1986 BIA, Katunayake, Gampaha District 21 [26]
Prawn farm massacre /
Kokkadichcholai massacre
27 January 1987 Kokkadichcholai, Batticaloa District 83 [27][28][29][30][31]
Habarana bus massacre 17 April 1987 Habarana, Anuradhapura District 127 [32]
Central Bus Station bombing 21 April 1987 Colombo, Colombo District 116
Aranthalawa massacre 2 June 1987 Aranthalawa, Ampara District 33
Jaffna hospital massacre 21–22 October 1987 Jaffna, Jaffna District 68 – 70 50 injured
Valvettiturai massacre 2–3 August 1989 Valvettiturai, Jaffna District 64 43 injured
Sri Lankan Police officers massacre 11 June 1990 Eastern Province, Sri Lanka 600 – 774 [33][34]
Kalmunai massacre 12 June 1990 Kalmunai, Ampara District 160 – 250 [35][36][37][38]
Kattankudy mosque massacre 3 August 1990 Kattankudy, Batticaloa District 147 [39]
Eastern University massacre /
Vantharamulai campus massacre
5 September 1990 Batticaloa, Batticaloa District 158 [40][41][42]
Batticaloa massacre / Sathurukondan massacre 9 September 1990 Batticaloa, Batticaloa District 184 [40][43][44][45][46][47][48]
Kokkadichcholai massacre 12 June 1991 Kokkadichcholai, Batticaloa District 152 [40][42][27][49][50][28][51]
Palliyagodella massacre 15 October 1991 Palliyagodella, Polonnaruwa District 109 [20][32]
Polonnaruwa massacre 29 April 1992 Muthugal and Karapola, Polonnaruwa District 87 [40][52][53]
Mylanthanai massacre 9 August 1992 Mylanthanai, Batticaloa District 35 [40][54][55][56]
Jaffna lagoon massacre / Kilaly massacre 2 January 1993 Jaffna Lagoon, Jaffna District 35 – 100 [57][58][59][60][61]
Kallarawa massacre 25 May 1995 Kallarawa, Trincomalee District 42
Navaly church bombing 9 July 1995 Navaly, Jaffna District 125 [62][63][64]
Nagerkovil school bombing 22 September 1995 Nagerkovil, Jaffna District 39 [65][66][67]
Eastern Sri Lanka massacres 16 October 1995 Villages in eastern Sri Lanka 120
Central Bank bombing 31 January 1996 Colombo, Colombo District 91 [19]
Kumarapuram massacre / Trincomalee massacre /
Killiveddy massacre
11 February 1996 Kumarapuram, Trincomalee District 24 [68][69][70][71][72]
Dehiwala train bombing 24 July 1996 Dehiwala, Colombo District 64
Temple of the Tooth attack 25 January 1998 Temple of the Tooth, Kandy 17 [73][74][75]
Tampalakamam massacre 3 February 1998 Tampalakamam, Trincomalee District 8 [76][77]
Lionair Flight 602 29 September 1998 off the cost of Mannar District 55 [78]
Gonagala massacre 18 September 1999 Gonagala, Ampara District 50
Bindunuwewa massacre 25 October 2000 Bindunuwewa, Badulla District 26 [79][80][81][82][83]
Mirusuvil massacre 20 December 2000 Mirusuvil, Jaffna District 8 [84][85][86]
Trincomalee massacre 2 January 2006 Trincomalee, Trincomalee District 5 [87][88][89][90]
Gomarankadawala massacre 23 April 2006 Gomarankadawala, Trincomalee District 6
Allaipiddy massacre 13 May 2006 Allaipiddy, Jaffna District 13 [91][92][93]
Kebithigollewa massacre 15 June 2006 Kebithigollewa, Anuradhapura District 66
Pesalai Church attack 17 June 2006 Pesalai, Mannar District 6 [94][95][96]
Trincomalee massacre of NGO workers /
Muttur massacre
4 August 2006 Muttur, Trincomalee District 17 [97][98]
St. Philip Neri Church shelling 13 August 2006 Allaipiddy, Jaffna District 15 – 36 [99][100][101][102]
Chencholai bombing 14 August 2006 Mullaitivu, Mullaitivu District 61 [103][104][105][106]
Digampathana bombing / Habarana massacre 16 October 2006 Digampathaha, Matale District 92 – 103
Vaharai bombing / Vaharai shelling 7 November 2006 Kathiraveli, Batticaloa District 45 [107]
Thandikulam massacre 19 November 2006 Thandikulam, Vavuniya District 5 [108][109][110]
Padahuthurai bombing / Illuppaikadavai bombing 2 January 2007 Illuppaikadavai, Mannar District 15 [111][112]
Mullivaikal Hospital bombing 12 May 2009 Mullivaikkal, Mullaittivu District 49 [113][114]
Welikada prison riot 1 November Welikada Prison, Colombo, Colombo District 53 [115][116][117]

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