Incident Summary:

03/12/2017: Assailants raided an unknown number of villages in Mong Tat, Shan, Myanmar. At least one person was killed and over 90 people were abducted in the attack. At least 37 of the hostages were released the following day and two more hostages were released on May 10, 2017. The fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. The Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the civilians were abducted in order to partake in an educational discussion regarding security issues in the areas.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Mong Tat

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the the Namtu area of Kyaukame 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 Civilians
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 91
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
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 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Villagers walk free after 2 months in TNLA captivity," DVB, May 12, 2017.
"TNLA denies claims of mass abduction and killing in Kyaukme," Democratic Voice of Burma, March 15, 2017.