Incident Summary:

05/04/2015: Assailants abducted Alladin Sangma from Dambul Aga village, South Garo Hills district, Meghalaya state, India. Sangma, a Border Area Development department junior engineer, was safely released on June 3, 2015. The abductors had demanded a ransom of $24,396.03, but it is unclear if it was paid. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, police attributed the attack to A'chik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) and the Garo National Liberation Army.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Dambul Aga

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Garo Hills district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Border Area Development Organisation (BADO)
Specific Description Junior Engineer: Alladin Sangma
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 31
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 24396.03
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
AK-47 assault rifles 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Achik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) No
Garo National Liberation Army (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
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
"India: Government Engineer Abducted in Meghalaya, Police Suspect Militant Group Involved," Salantini Janera, May 6, 2015.
"Junior Engineer kidnapped in Garo Hills," Assam Tribune, May 4, 2015.
"Abducted engineer released after 30 days in Meghalaya," South Asian Terrorism Portal, June 5, 2015.