Incident Summary:

09/29/2016: Assailants abducted nine traders in Songotagre, Meghalaya, India. One hostage escaped shortly after the kidnapping while the other eight victims were released on October 5, 2016 following a ransom payment. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources separately attributed the attack to Achik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) and the Garo National Liberation Army.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near Chokpot.

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: Akhirul Islam, Saiful Islam, Jiarul Islam
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 9
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 6
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 10274.54
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Pistols and 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
Additional Information The victims included Monirul Islam, Mofidul Islam, and Anowar Islam.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Achik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) No
Garo National Liberation Army No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"All 8 remaining kidnapped traders released," Assam Tribune, October 5, 2016.
"One among nine kidnapped Assam traders escaped in Meghalaya," United News of India, September 30, 2016.
"9 Assam traders abducted," The Telegraph (India), September 29, 2016.