Incident Summary:

10/11/2019: Assailants disguised as athletes stopped a bus and abducted 31 passengers, including 19 firefighters, in Mrauk-U district, Rakhine, Myanmar. The 12 civilian hostages were released on October 29, 2019 and the remaining hostages were released on November 6, 2019. The Arakan Army (AA) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out because the victims were suspected of being members of the military.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Mrauk-U district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Other
Name of Entity Rakhine State Fire Department
Specific Description Firefighters
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 31
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 26
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 19
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
"A Daring Helicopter Rescue After Rebels Take Hostages From a Ferry in Myanmar," The New York Times, October 29, 2019.
"Arakan Army Releases Firefighters Detained in Myanmar’s Rakhine State," Radio Free Asia, November 6, 2019.
"Dozens dead after Myanmar's army shoots and sinks boats carrying its own kidnapped troops, say rebels; Government helicopters fired at vessels carrying 58 hostages including soldiers and police, Rahkine insurgent group claims," The Independent, October 27, 2019.