Incident Summary:

11/20/2016: Assailants abducted 12 civilians from Mongtat, Namtu district, Shan, Myanmar. Eleven hostages were released on December 12, 2016, while one other, Sai Aik Ai, remains captive. The released villagers claimed that they had been beaten while in captivity. The Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the civilians were targeted because the TNLA believed they were informants. Sources also suspected that the Arakan Army (AA) or the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) carried out the attack.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Namtu 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 Suspected Shan State Army - South (SSA-S) Informants
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 12
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Unknown Weapon 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
Additional Information The victims included Sai Aik Ai.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Army (AA) (suspected) No
Kachin Independence Army (KIA) (suspected) No
Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"TNLA releases 11 villagers from custody," DVB, December 14, 2016.
"Burma: In northern Shan State, husbands and sons disappear," Frontier Myanmar Online, December 9, 2016.