Incident Summary:

03/16/2019: Assailants hijacked a commercial ship carrying bridge construction material and abducted 11 crew members in Paletwa, Chin, Myanmar. The ship was set on fire during the attack and the hostages were released a short time later. The Arakan Army (AA) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near Namada.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description MV Yadana Win 7
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 11
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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) 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
"Myanmar rebel group says army fuelling trouble along Kaladan route," Hindustan Times, April 7, 2019.
"Insurgents attack civilian vessel, abduct crew in western Myanmar," Xinhua General News Service, March 17, 2019.
"AA turns to attacking civilian targets,", March 17, 2019.