Incident Summary:

11/03/2019: Assailants stopped two boats and abducted 10 people, including five Indian construction workers and Member of Parliament (MP) U Whei Tin near the Kyauktan jetty on the Kaladan river, Kyauktaw, Rakhine, Myanmar. One hostage died in captivity, while eight hostages were released the following day on November 4, 2019. MP Tin was released January 21, 2020. Arakan Army (AA) claimed responsibility for the incident, claiming they did not know that the Indians would be travelling in the are that day and had detained them for security reasons. The group had detained MP U Hwai Tin in order to interrogate him for his possible role as a military informant.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Kyauktan jetty on the Kaladan river.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Kaladan Multi-Modal Transport Project (KMMTP)
Specific Description Workers
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Assembly of the Union
Specific Description Member: U Whei Tin
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Boats
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 79
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 Indian laborers, including Vinoo Gopal, four Myanmarian civilians, two speed boat drivers, and two translators. Ten hostages taken on 11/3/2019. One hostage died in captivity. Eight hostages, and body, released on 11/4/2019. One final hostage released 1/21/2020.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Army (AA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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 releases four abducted Indians, fifth dies in detention," Hindustan Times, November 4, 2019.
"Indian worker taken hostage by Myanmar’s Arakan Army dies; rebel group blames ‘exhaustion’ for 60-year-old’s demise,", November 4, 2019.
"Indian Man Dies, Lawmaker Still Held After AA Abduction in Myanmar’s Rakhine State,", November 4, 2019.