Incident Summary:

09/05/2011: On Monday, in Haticharra forests in Hailakandi, Assam, India, suspected United Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA) militants abducted a bamboo trader, identified as Liaqut Ali Barbhuiya, while he went to pay wages to laborers. The victim was later killed and his body was recovered by police on 09/21/2011. The specific motive for the attack is unknown; however, police suspect that a business rivalry was the reason for the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but police arrested a Reang militant Baburai Reang who confessed the crime.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Hailabandi district

Location Details:
The attack took place at the Haticharra hamlet, in Hailakandi, Assam, 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: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description A bamboo trader, identified as Liaqut Ali Barbhuiya,
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 16
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
South Asia Terrorism Portal, “Trader Killed in Assam," Sentinel, Times of India and Assam Tribune, (September 22, 2011).
Sentinel Assam, “Abducted Trader’s Body Recovered,” Sentinel Assam, September, 21, 2011,