Incident Summary:

11/20/2016: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at Namatu bridge near Hseni, Shan, Myanmar. There were no reported casualties in the blast. 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 Hseni

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Namatu bridge in Hseni.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Unknown
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Unknown
Nationality of Target Myanmar
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Mitsubishi Pajero was used in the attack.
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.
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 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 attack major trading town on Chinese border in Myanmar," Japan Economic Newswire, November 20, 2016.
"Series of small blasts hit Myanmar's largest city," Anadolu Ajansi, November 25, 2016.
"Fearing Spillover of Rebel Attacks, Police Step up Security in Myanmar's Kachin State," Radio Free Asia, November 22, 2016.