On 25th January 1998, the LTTE attacked the holy Buddhist site of the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth). A truck bomb was blasted inside at 6.05 a.m. At least a dozen pilgrims attending the early morning offering to the Tooth Relic were killed. Many others sustained injuries.
The attack caused severe damage to the temple; especially to its roof and exterior. But neither its inner chambers nor the tooth relic were harmed.