Incident Summary:

08/02/2017: Assailants abducted Arban D Shira and Walseng Marak from their residences in Halwa Bilda, Meghalaya, India. The two hostages were beaten with rifle butts and logs before being released. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Garo National Liberation Army and stated that the victims were accused of being police informants.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Halwa Bilda

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the South Garo Hills 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 Informants: Arban D Shira, Walseng Marak
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
Rifle butts and logs 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Garo National Liberation Army No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Villagers facing brunt of GNLA brutality, 2 men grievou ...,", August 4, 2017.
"GNLA militants brutally assault 2 civilians," Meghalaya Times (India), August 4, 2017.