A suicide bomb explosion by the LTTE at the Central Bank building in Colombo kills more than 100 civilians. Approximately 1,300 others are wounded.
Human Rights Watch, World Report: Sri Lanka, 1997; Fifty dead in Sri Lanka suicide bombing, BBC News, 31 January 1996.
“If Velupillai Prabhakaran thinks that by these acts he can stop our military offensive, he is dreaming. We say quite clearly that these acts will make us even more determined to destroy terrorism,” Anuruddha Ratwatte, Deputy Defence Minister.
“It had to be the Tamil Tigers. Who else would have done such a thing like this?” Brigadier Sarath Munasinghe, Sri Lankan military spokesman.
“Deliberate arbitrary killings of civilians escalated sharply in 1996. Bomb attacks attributed to the LTTE on Colombo’s Central Bank building on January 31, and on a crowded commuter train in July, claimed a combined total of at least 160 civilian lives and injured some 1,550 people,” Human Rights Watch, 1997 World Report.