Incident Summary:

08/25/2017: Assailants armed with explosive devices, firearms, and machetes attacked a Myanmar Police Force (MPF) post in Hnarkaungto, Rakhine, Myanmar. This was one of 28 coordinated incidents across Rakhine on the same day. At least 89 people, including 12 security personnel and 77 assailants, were killed across all 28 assaults. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in response to actions taken by government forces in Rakhine, including killing and sexually assaulting members of the community.




Southeast Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Myanmar Police Force (MPF)
Specific Description Police Post
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Homemade explosive devices, automatic rifles, machetes, and sticks were used in the attack.
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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed across incidents 201708250002, 201708250003, 201708250004, 201708250005, 201708250006, 201708250007, 201708250008, 201708250009, 201708250010, 201708250011, 201708250012, 201708250013, 201708250014, 201708250015, 201708250016, 201708250017, 201708250018, 201708250019, 201708250020, 201708250021, 201708250047, 201708250048, 201708250049, 201708250050, 201708250051, 201708250052, 201708250053, 201708250054.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Violence continues in Myanmar's Rakhine State," Hindustan Times, August 26, 2017.
"71 killed in Myanmar as Rohingya rebels stage major attack," DNA India, August 26, 2017.
"Massive combing after 89 killed in Rakhine militant attacks," Mizzima News, August 26, 2017.