Incident Summary:

10/28/2016: Assailants abducted ten traders in Dumnikura, Meghalaya, India. One hostage was released later the same day and the remaining nine hostages were released on November 2, 2016. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Achik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in South Garo Hills district.

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
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 5
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
AK-47 assault rifles and pistols 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 Vakil Mazumdar, Abdul Sabur, Noor Alam, Samaroh Sheikh, Khoka Sheikh, Rokib Hossain, Abdul Rahim, and Mazahar Sargam.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Achik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
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
"Abducted Assam traders freed,", November 3, 2016.
"Meghalaya: Abducted Assamese traders released unharmed," Indian Express, November 2, 2016.
"Cops clueless about abducted Assam traders,", November 1, 2016.