Incident Summary:

11/29/2003: At least six people were killed and several others were wounded in an attack on the Karbi tribe in Karbi Anglong, India. The attackers, who were members of the Kuki Revolutionary Army, shot and hacked at members of the Karbi tribe whom they were attacking. The perpetrators then set fire to approximately 100 houses belonging to their victims.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Karbi Anglong district

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 Two villages belonging to Karbi tribesmen
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 Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
The perpetrators used guns and machetes to kill and maim their victims. They set fire to approximately 100 Karbi owned houses as well.
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Wasbir Hussain, “Suspected Rebels Attack Northeastern Indian Village, Killing Six People,” The Associated Press, November 29, 2003.
“AFP: Five Killed in India’s Northeast by Tribal Separatist Attacks,” Agence France Presse, November 29, 2003.
“India: Ethnic Clashes in Assam Claims Lives; 85 Houses Set Ablaze,” The Times of India, November 29, 2003.