Incident Summary:

11/12/2003: Separatist rebels belonging to the group United People’s Democratic Solidarity kidnapped and beheaded four schoolboys in India’s Assam State. The children, belonging to the Kuki tribe, were decapitated after attackers abducted them from their school. The bodies were found lying near a river in Manja, India.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Four schoolboys belonging to the Kuki Tribe in Manja
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
The four boys were decapitated in the attack.
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 United People's Democratic Solidarity desired a separate homeland in India's Assam State for the Karbi tribe and opposes the presence of the Kuki minority in the region.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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
"Rebels Behead Four Schoolboys in Tribal Turf War in Northeast India,” Agence France Presse, November 14, 2003.