Incident Summary:

09/13/2000: Between 20 and 60 militants attacked an Indian Police convoy carrying a prisoner under trial near Borlangpha town in Assam State's Karbi Anglong district. The Police convoy arrived at a stretch of road where militants began firing from both sides of the road. A 90-minute gunfight ensued, in which 9 Indian Policemen were killed, and five more Policemen injured. The prisoner being transported, a member of the United Peoples Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) organization, was also killed. The Karbi Anglong District Police Superintendent Anil Kumar Phukan believed a joint team of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) and UPDS militants were the perpetrators.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Karbi Anglong district

Location Details:
This incident occurred on a road outside of Borlangpha.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Assam State Police
Specific Description Police convoy carrying a United Peoples Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) organization prisoner, near Borlangpha town
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
AK-47 automatic rifles 9-mm pistols, and grenades were used.
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 The NSCN had been fighting with the Indian Government for an independent homeland for the ethnic Naga people since India's independence in 1947. The UPDS had been fighting the Indian Government for greater autonomy for the Karbi tribal people in Assam State. Karbi Anglong District is about 235 miles east of Assam State capital Guwahati.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) (suspected) No
United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"NSCN Militants Kill 10 Policemen in Indian State of Assam," The Times of India (Internet Version-WWW), September 14, 2000.
"Indian tribal rebels kill 10 policemen, injure four in ambush," Agence France Presse, September 13, 2000.
"Nine policemen among 10 killed in Assam ambush," The Press Trust of India, September 14, 2000.