Incident Summary:

10/26/2019: Assailants ambushed a ferry boat and abducted 58 passengers, including 14 soldiers, 29 police officers, two prison employees, and 13 civilians in Yay Myet, Rakhine, Myanmar. On October 27, 2019, government helicopters attacked and sank two of three vessels carrying the hostages. At least 15 hostages were freed and an unknown number of assailants and hostages were killed in the ensuing clash. At least 25 more hostages were released on November 5, 2019. The fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. The Arakan Army (AA) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Yay Myet

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Ratheduang township.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Ferry
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Myanmar
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Myanmar Police Force (MPF)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 58
US Hostages 0
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Army (AA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
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 Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"A Daring Helicopter Rescue After Rebels Take Hostages From a Ferry in Myanmar," The New York Times, October 29, 2019.
"Rebel Arakan Army Frees 25 Captives, Calling Them ‘Civilians’," Radio Free Asia, November 5, 2019.
"Myanmar Army Says 14 Hostages Rescued from Rakhine Rebels," Latin American Herald Tribune, October 28, 2019.