The LTTE detonates a lorry packed with explosives at the gates of the Temple of the Tooth in the city of Kandy, as preparations are underway for the 50th anniversary of independence. The attack damaged the entrance to the temple and killed seventeen people.
“The bombing of the most sacred place of worship is one of the most tragic events of the country’s modern history…The National Peace Council also notes that the bombing and desecration of religious shrines has been a regular feature of the ethnic conflict over the past four decades, and in particular over the past 14 years of armed warfare. During this period there has been the bombing, looting and burning of temples, mosques, kovils and churches,” Bombing of the Dalada Maligawa, National Peace Council, 26 January 2001.
Bomb explosion at the Pettah market kills 113
Tigers attack Central Bank, killing more than 100 civilians
Thousands displaced following military operations in the northern Vanni
Government proscribes the LTTE
Government’s Operation Jayasikuru causes large-scale displacement