Incident Summary:

11/20/2016: Assailants detonated explosives and opened fire on a security outpost near Nangpaw, Shan, Myanmar. At least eight people were killed and 26 people were injured in the attack; the victims included police officers, soldiers, and civilians. This was one of 12 coordinated attacks in the area on this date. The Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Arakan Army (AA), the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA-ESSA), and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) jointly claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Nangpaw

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Nangpaw bridge.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Myanmar
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Army (AA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA-ESSA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Burma: 8 killed as ethnic rebels hit Muse," Democratic Voice of Burma Online, November 22, 2016.