Incident Summary:

01/01/2019: At least three explosive devices detonated targeting the convoy of Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu between Nan Kyar and Paung Tut in Rakhine, Myanmar. There were no reported casualties in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Arakan Army (AA), which denied involvement.

GTD ID:
201901010004

When:
2019-01-01

Country:
Myanmar

Region:
Southeast Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Rakhine

City:
Near Nan Kyar

Location Details:
The incident occurred between between Nan Kyar and Paung Tut, near Mrauk-U.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Myanmar
Specific Description Convoy of Rakhine State Chief Minister: U Nyi Pu
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 Land Mine
Weapon Details
Three remote-detonated landmines 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. A spokesperson for the Arakan Army (AA) accused the Myanmar military of carrying out the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Army (AA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"MYANMAR CONFLICT - Myanmar says two attacks carried out in Rakhine state on same day," EFE, January 2, 2019.
"Rakhine CM's car attacked," Mizzima, January 2, 2019.
"Myanmar: New Year Opens With Fighting, Attack on Top Official in Myanmar’s Rakhine State," ReliefWeb, January 3, 2019.