Incident Summary:

01/04/2017: An explosive device detonated near Myanmar Army soldiers at the Kyonhtaw Waterfall in Hlaingbwe, Kayin, Myanmar. Following the blast, assailants then opened fire on the soldiers. At least one soldier was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Hpa-an district, near the Kyonhtaw Waterfall.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Myanmar Army
Specific Description 118th Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) Unit
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Remote Trigger
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled roadside bomb and small arms 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"DKBA renegades ambush Burmese patrol in Hlaingbwe," Democratic Voice of Burma, January 5, 2017.