Incident Summary:

02/24/2018: An explosive device detonated targeting the residence of the state government secretary in Sittwe, Rakhine, Myanmar. At least two people, including a police officer, were injured in the blast. This was one of three similar attacks that took place in Sittwe on the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Arakan Army.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Rakhine State
Specific Description Residence of State Government Secretary: Tin Maung Swe
Nationality of Target Myanmar
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/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled handmade bomb made of steel fragments, a steel ball, and gun powder was 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 reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Army (AA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kyodo: Multiple Explosions Rock Capital Of Myanmar's Rakhine State," Kyodo World Service, February 24, 2018.
"Southeast Asia Snapshot 26 February 2018," Summary, February 26, 2018.
"State PAS Notes From Bangladesh Media 23-25 February 2018," US Embassy Public Affairs Section, February 23, 2018.