Incident Summary:

02/18/2018: Assailants detonated an explosive device and opened fire on the vehicle of Jonathone N Sangma, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) provincial assembly candidate, in Samanda, Meghalaya, India. At least four people, including Sangma and two bodyguards, were killed and three people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Garo National Liberation Army.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the East Garo Hills district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Officer: Samin Hassan
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Silman N Sangma, Nur Abdul Miah, Behensing Marak
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
Specific Description Vehicle of 43 Williamnagar Legislative Assembly Candidate: Jonathone Nengminza Sangma
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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
Additional Information The victims included Cribinath D Shira and Baichung Ch Momin. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Garo National Liberation Army No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Election candidate murder shocks Meghalaya," The Times of India (TOI), February 20, 2018.
"Polling to Meghalaya seat postponed after death of NCP candidate, 3 others in blast," Hindustan Times, February 19, 2018.
"NCP candidate killed in poll-bound Meghalaya," The Hindu, February 18, 2018.