Incident Summary:

08/09/2017: Assailants stopped and set fire to a vehicle transporting newspapers on Rohini Road in Kurseong, West Bengal, India. There were no reported casualties. This was one of three similar attacks against vehicles in West Bengal on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which denied involvement.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal


Location Details:
The incident occurred on Rohini Road in the Zero Point neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Vehicle Transporting Newspaper
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suspected Gorkha activists burn newspaper vendor vehicle at Kurseong, indefinite shutdown enter 58 days in Darjeeling," United News of India, August 9, 2017.
"West Bengal: Two vehicles torched as indefinite bandh enters 56th day in Darjeeling hills," Mumbai Mirror, August 9, 2017.
"Mirik BDO's home stoned," Calcutta Telegraph, August 9, 2017.