Incident Summary:

7/2/2000: Members of Al-Ma'unah raided two army installations in Perak state, Malaysia. They stole approximately 100 weapons, including an M-16 with a grenade launcher. 27 members surrendered on July 6, 2000, after being surrounded on a jungle hilltop near Sauk by police and soldiers. The assailants had possession of at least two hostages, who they tortured and killed before they surrendered. It is reported that at least three members managed to escape with the grenade launcher; it was not surrendered. Authorities state that the incident was intended to cause concerns about security in Malaysia.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Two army installations in Perak state

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Malaysian armories
Specific Description Two armories in Perak state
Nationality of Target Malaysia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Two non-Muslim hostages
Nationality of Target Malaysia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
The assailants stole at least 100 weapons, including assault rifles and an M-16 with grenade launcher
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Multiple incidents - 200007060006. It is unclear when the hostages were taken and whether they were civilians. It is also unknown whether the assailants were armed at the time that they stole the weapons.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Ma'unah No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 27
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Weapons gang reportedly attacked targets in capital, Mahathir says," Agence France-Presse, July 19, 2000.
"Islamic cult on mission to bomb Kuala Lumpur: report," Agence France-Presse, July 18, 2000.
"Malaysian leader says Muslim cultists wanted to attack Kuala Lumpur," Associated Press, July 20, 2000.