Incident Summary:

08/01/2015: Assailants abducted three traders from Emangre area, 45 kilometers from Baghmara town, South Garo Hills district, Meghalaya state, India. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown, but the kidnappers did demand an unspecified ransom amount. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, a source attributed the attack to A'chik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


South Garo Hills district

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Emangre area, 45 kilometers from Baghmara town

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Traders: Mozanul Haque, Maniroz Zaman, Saddam Hussain
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
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 Unknown Gun Type
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
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. One source speculated that the kidnappers were not in any terrorist group and were ordinary criminals.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Achik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
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: Police Say Escaped Under-Trial Prisoners Join Rebel ASAK, Kidnap Three Assam-Based Traders," The Shillong Times Online, August 5, 2015.
"Suspected ASAK militants kidnap three traders in India's Meghalaya," Jane's Terrorism Watch Report, August 7, 2015.