Incident Summary:

12/23/2014: Assailants opened fire on Adivasi civilians in Shantipur Ultapani area, Assam state, India. Five people were killed and an unknown number of others were wounded in the attack. This was one of five attacks on Adivasis in Assam on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Shantipur Ultapani

Location Details:
The incident occurred in either Sontipur or Kokrajhar district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Adivasi Civilians
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 Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Kalashnikov AK-47s were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) Songbijit Faction No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"India: Death Toll in Killings by NDFB-S in Assam Rises to 70; Home Minister Calls It 'Act of Terror'," The Indian Express Online, December 25, 2014.
"Army called out as Bodo militants kill 48 in Assam," The Times of India (TOI), December 25, 2014.
"Assam toll touches 70; IB and cops ignored inputs, failed to stop Adivasi killings," Hindustan Times, December 25, 2014.