Incident Summary:

03/04/2019: Assailants abducted 57 sugarcane plantation workers near Man Kaung bridge in Kutkai, Shan, Myanmar. All of the hostages had either been released or had escaped as of March 12, 2019. The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Man Phang area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Plantation Workers
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 57
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Combination
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
Additional Information The victims included members of the Taang, Lahu, Kachin, Myaungze, and Chinese ethnic groups. Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Battalion 8; Brigade 4 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Kachin Independence Army Releases 57 Captive Villagers in Myanmar’s Shan State," Radio Free Asia, March 12, 2019.
"KIA releases 60 villagers,", March 13, 2019.
"Kachin group releases 60 villagers," Myanmar Times, March 20, 2019.