Incident Summary:

12/29/2015: Assailants took 13 hostages in a Tambon Administration Organization (TAO) office in Rom Sai subdistrict, Narathiwat province, Thailand. Boonlert Jindathananant, the TAO secretary, was killed in the assault. The remaining 12 hostages were released shortly after Jindathananant was killed. This was one of two related incidents in Narathiwat on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Rom Sai

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Tambon Administration Organization (TAO)
Specific Description Office
Nationality of Target Thailand
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 13
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A 9-mm pistol was 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 The victims included Boonlert Jindathananant.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
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
"Singapore: Suspected Muslim rebels kill official, attack police in Thailand's south," Channel NewsAsia Online, December 29, 2015.
"Thailand: TAO official killed in Narathiwat hostage siege," Bangkok Post Online, December 29, 2015.