Incident Summary:

01/30/2011: On Sunday evening around 2030, in Hulsu village on the outskirts of Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, 10 to 15 suspected Jharkhand Liberation Tiger militants abducted three youths and subsequently killed them by slitting their throats. The victims were identified as Alok Sahu, Mahabali Sahu, and Bhola Sahu. The victims are suspected to be members of a rival militant group. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

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Location Details:
The attack took place in Hulsu village, on the outskirts of Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity
Specific Description Three youth members of a rival militant group
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Knives were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 15
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
South Asia Terrorism Portal, "Maoists Kill Four Persons in Separate Incidents in Jharkhand," Sify, (February 1, 2011).
Indo-Asian News Service, "Maoists Kill Four, Torch Bus, Blast CRPF Water Pump (Lead)," LexisNexis Academic, Indo-Asian News Service, January 31, 2011.
Times of India, "Killing of Three Youths Sparks Fear of Gangwar," Times of India, January 31, 2011,