Incident Summary:

06/22/2016: Assailants abducted three people, including a forest ranger, in Kukicherra, Hailakandi district, Assam, India. All three hostage were released on July 5, 2016. The Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) claimed responsibility and stated that the hostages were released because the government agreed to pay for the education of 100 girls from the Reang tribe. Sources also attributed the incident to the United Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Hailakandi district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Forest Service (IFS)
Specific Description Forest Ranger: Manoj Kumar Sinha
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 13
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
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) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
United Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Rebels trade hostages for education of girls," Hindustan Times, July 16, 2016.
"Militants free forest official," Times of India, July 7, 2016.