Incident Summary:

03/30/2019: Assailants raided a Su Htoo San Company road construction site in Twinkin Alaung, Chin, Myanmar. Several vehicles were set on fire and 13 workers were abducted in the attack. Five workers were released on April 1, 2019 and the remaining eight hostages were released on August 19, 2019. The Arakan Army (AA) claimed responsibility for the incident and accused the construction workers of being spies.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Twinkin Alaung

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Paletwa township.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Su Htoo San Company
Specific Description Site
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Suspected Spies
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 13
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 141
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
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
"Fighting in Rakhine State Claims Myanmar Officer, as Many as 20 Soldiers," Radio Free Asia, April 9, 2019.