Incident Summary:

03/11/1998: The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) attacked the Huay Kaloke Myanmar Refugee Camp in the Mae Sot District of Thailand with guns and grenades, causing severe damage. Four people were killed and 39 were injured during the attack.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Mae Sot District

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Huay Kaloke Refugee Camp
Specific Description Huay Kaloke Refugee Camp for Myanmar refugees in Thailand
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Explosives Grenade
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This same refugee camp was similarly attacked on January 28, 1997.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 250
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 39 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 39
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Attack on refugee camp condemned,” Burma Net News Listserve, March 13, 1998.
“Canada condemns attack on Burmese refugee camp,” Xinhua News Agency, March 12, 1998.
“Karen rebels attack Thailand, burn refugee camp,” Agence France Presse, March 11, 1998.