Incident Summary:

12/30/2008: On Tuesday afternoon, at 1500 hrs, a tractor carrying six forest rangers was blown up by and IED in Sarpang, Bhutan. The foresters were going from Sarpang to their camp in Phisboo. The attackers then opened fire, killing four rangers and burned their bodies using the tractor tires. One wounded forester escaped to Singay village and informed Police, while the other wounded forester hid in the jungle until he was rescued by a search team at 2200 hours. The injured rangers were taken to the Gelephu hospital for treatment.The militants took two SLR rifles and 40 rounds and a motorala handset from the forest rangers. The United Revolutionary Front of Bhutan claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the Sarpang District of Bhutan.

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 Bhutan Forest Rangers.
Specific Description A forest ranger tractor
Nationality of Target Bhutan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used in the attack. Unknown firearms were also 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
The United Revolutionary Front of Bhutan Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
BBC Monitoring South Asia, " Group Claims Responsibility for Attack on Bhutan Foresters", LexisNexis Academic, BBC Worldwide Monitoring, January 04, 2009.
Indo-Asian News Service, "Security Alert in Bhutan After Maoists Kill Four Rangers," LexisNexis Academic, Indo-Asian News Service, January 01, 2009.
The Press Trust of India, "Blast Rocks Bhutan, Four Foresters Killed," LexisNexis Academic, The Press Trust of India, December 31, 2008.