Incident Summary:

01/19/2019: Assailants abducted several people, including Tun Nu, in Sittwe district, Rakhine, Myanmar. Nu, a pastor, was killed on February 1, 2019. The remaining hostages were killed on or before February 7, 2019. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Arakan Army (AA).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Sittwe district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Pastor: Tun Nu
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Army (AA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pastor kidnapped in Rakhine reported killed," Mizzima, February 7, 2019.
"GFA Issues Prayer Appeal on Behalf of Village Pastor Abducted at Gunpoint in Myanmar," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), January 25, 2019.
"Buhari claims victory in Nigeria,", February 26, 2019.