Incident Summary:

07/19/2017: Assailants abducted a civilian, identified as Ko Thiha, in Hsenwi, Shan, Myanmar. Thiha was beaten and released a short time later following the payment of a ransom. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), which denied involvement.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Kham Tain area of the province.

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 Civilian: Ko Thiha
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 2215.86
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 1846.55
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes The assailants demanded $1,846.55 (3 million MMK) for the release of the hostage.
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
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) (suspected) 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
"TNLA accused of misconduct in northern Shan State’s Hsenwi," DVB, July 21, 2017.