Incident Summary:

12/3/2001: Suspected members of United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) threw grenades at a truck transporting polling officials near Samalangsu, Assam state, India. After the grenades exploded, destroying the truck, the assailants sprayed the remains with bullets. Eight people, including six polling officials and two police officers, were killed in the attack and another five people were injured. The officials were traveling to their respective polling stations in preparation for district elections the following day.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Karbi Anglong district

Location Details:
Near Samalangsu in Karbi Anglong district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Polling officials
Specific Description Polling officials traveling to polling stations in Karbi Anglong district
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police officers
Specific Description Police officers traveling to polling stations in Karbi Anglong district
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
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
The assailants threw grenades then sprayed the remains of the vehicle with gunfire
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 Media sources state that eight people were killed and five were injured, but also state that there were only 12 people in the vehicle.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Eight killed in Assam," The Press Trust of India, December 3, 2001.
"Eight killed in militant attack in eastern India," Agence France Presse, December 3, 2001.