Incident Summary:

08/25/2017: Assailants abducted approximately 100 residents in Ye Baw Kya, Rakhine, Myanmar. At least 45 hostages were killed, 28 bodies were discovered in a mass grave on September 24, 2017 and another 17 bodies were discovered the following day, on September 25, 2017. Another 16 hostages that were diverted to Bangladesh were rescued by security forces on October 5, 2017. The whereabouts of the remaining victims is unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which denied involvement.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Ye Baw Kya

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 Hindu Civilians
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 100
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Knives 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
Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 300
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 45 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 45
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"8 abducted Hindu women brought back to Myanmar from Bangladesh," Xinhua, October 5, 2017.
"Slaughtered Hindus show brutality of Myanmar conflict," Reuters India, September 28, 2017.
"Burma: 17 more Hindu bodies found as Myanmar unearths mass graves: gov't," Mizzima, September 26, 2017.