Incident Summary:

01/24/2016: An explosive device detonated targeting the vehicle of a Chinese mining company in Xaisomboun, Laos. Two employees were killed and one was wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target China
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb was 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. A source suspected that the device may have been an unexploded ordinance left over from the Vietnam War. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"BOMB EXPLOSION KILLS TWO CHINESE IN LAOS," States News Service, January 28, 2016.
"Two Chinese killed in 'bomb' blast in Laos - Xinhua," Reuters UK, January 25, 2016.
"Laos: 'Bomb Attack' Kills Two Chineses," Bangkok Post Online, January 25, 2016.