Incident Summary:

01/04/2019: Assailants attacked a police outpost in Kahtee Hla, Rakhine, Myanmar. This was one of four related incidents targeting police posts in the area on this date. Two police officers were killed and three officers were injured in the assault. Additionally, 14 people were abducted across the attacks; the hostages were released shortly after the kidnapping. The Arakan Army (AA) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the group carried out the attack because the police had threatened villages in the area.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Kahtee Hla

Location Details:
The incident occurred near Buthidaung.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Myanmar Police Force (MPF)
Specific Description Outpost
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Hostage numbers reflect a division of the total number of those abducted between incidents 201901040002, 201901040003, 201901040004, and 201901040005.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Army (AA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Myanmar Starts Offensive against Rebels in Rakhine Province," Latin American Herald Tribune, January 8, 2019.
"Thailand: More trouble for Myanmar," Bangkok Post Online, January 7, 2019.
"Thailand: Urgent : Rakhine rebels attack police stations in pre-dawn raids: Myanmar army," The Nation Online, January 4, 2019.