Incident Summary:

08/16/2017: Assailants raided the Wang To Car Center in Na Thawi, Songkhla, Thailand. The assailants stole six vehicles and took four employees hostage in the attack. One hostage was killed and another hostage was injured after their vehicle ran out of fuel in Wang Yai. The remaining two hostages escaped unharmed. This was one of five coordinated incidents carried out by the same group of assailants within 24 hours. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incidents to the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and the Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Na Thawi

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Na Thawi district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Wang To Car Center
Specific Description Car Shop
Nationality of Target Thailand
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Wang To Car Center
Specific Description Shop Owner: Thani
Nationality of Target Thailand
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicles
Nationality of Target Thailand
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
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
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
Additional Information The victims included Saharat Naehi, Prathanporn Nualkamol, and Jirasak Rattanaphan.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) No
Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Bold car-bomb plot exposed security failures in South," The Nation (Thailand), August 20, 2017.
"Thailand: Three suspects in Aug 16 car robbery and car bombs detained," Thai PBS Online, August 20, 2017.
"Thailand: Martial law 'an option' for deep South," Bangkok Post Online, August 19, 2017.