Incident Summary:

12/30/2001: Fifteen suspected members of the Karenni National Progressive Party attacked a group of seven villagers at a mine near Lawpita, Kayar state, Myanmar. The rebels demanded that the villagers join the rebels; when the villagers refused, the assailants shot and killed six of them. A seventh villager managed to escape. The Karenni National Progressive Party denied involvement in the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Lawpita

Location Details:
A gems mine near Lawpita, in Loikaw Township

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Villagers near Lawpita village
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Karenni National Progressive Party (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 15
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
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
"Ethnic minority rebels killed seven villagers in Myanmar," Agence France Presse, January 9, 2002.
"Burma alleges armed group killed seven villagers," Myanmar Information Committee, January 10, 2002.
"Burma: Opposition party denies killing villagers," Democratic Voice of Burma, January 11, 2002.