Incident Summary:

01/24/2000: Ten people from God's Army, armed with assault rifles, hijacked a bus to take them to the Ratchaburi Hospital. At the hospital, the group took more than 750 people hostage. A list of demands included opening the Thai border to refugees and other items concerning Burmese refugees and the Thai government and army. The episode ended when Thai security forces stormed the hospital killing nine rebels.




Southeast Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Ratchaburi Hospital
Specific Description Ratchaburi Hospital
Nationality of Target Thailand
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 750
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 22
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
The rebels were armed with assault rifles
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
God's Army No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 9
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“'God's Army' Gunmen Seize Thai Hospital, 750 Hostages,” The Nation (Internet Version), January 24, 2000.
“Source: Hospital Hostage Takers Add New Demands,” Agence France Presse, January 24, 2000.
Matthew Pennington, “Hostage episode in Thai hospital ends with nine Myanmar rebels killed,” The Associated Press, January 24, 2000.