Incident Summary:

05/12/2018: Approximately 100 assailants armed with artillery and firearms attacked security posts and a casino in Muse, Shan, Myanmar. At least 19 people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed and 20 people were injured in the attack. The casualties included civilians and security personnel. The Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for military operations against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Sources also attributed the attack to the KIA, which the group denied.

GTD ID:
201805120011

When:
2018-05-12

Country:
Myanmar

Region:
Southeast Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Shan

City:
Muse

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Casino
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Myanmar Army
Specific Description Posts
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target China
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Artillery and firearms 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kachin Independence Army (KIA) (suspected) No
Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 19 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 19
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Kachin rebels deny involvement in attack that killed 19," Democratic Voice of Burma, May 15, 2018.
"THREE CHINESE NATIONALS KILLED IN MUSE ATTACKS IN MYANMAR, LOCAL OFFICIAL SAYS," States News Service, May 15, 2018.
"Rebel attack kills 19 in eastern Myanmar," Special Broadcasting Service, May 12, 2018.