Incident Summary:

11/13/2008: On Thursday afternoon at about 1410, a cargo train between Jatinga and Bajatar was damaged after Black Widow militants opened fire on it in the North Cachar Hills district of the Indian state of Assam. The engine was damaged in the attack. No casualties were reported. No group claimed responsibility, but authorities believed the Dima Halim Daogah-Jewel Garlossa (DHD-J) was responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Jatinga

Location Details:
The attack took place on a cargo train between Jatinga and Bajatar, in the North Cachar Hills, Assam.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description A cargo train was targeted and damaged in the attack.
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used 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 perpetrator of the attack is not known due to reporting discrepancy between two sources. One sources lists Dima Halim Daogah-Jewel Garlossa (DHD-J) as being responsible, while the second source states that Black Widows (a breakaway faction of the DHD-J) was responsible.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Widows (suspected) No
Dima Halao Daoga (DHD) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
Janes Intelligence, "BW Militants Open Fire on Train in India's Assam," Terrorism Watch Report, November 14, 2008.
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Train Damaged In Armed Attack By Suspected DHD-J In North Cachar Hills, Assam, India," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (November 20, 2009).