Incident Summary:

12/11/2019: Assailants abducted Ye Thein in Buthidaung, Rakhine, Myanmar. Thein, the chair of the National League for Democracy, was killed on December 25, 2019. The Arakan Army (AA) claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming that the politician had planned a rally in support of the ruling government party, a group opposed to the Arakan Army.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Buthidaung district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity National League for Democracy (NLD)
Specific Description Party Chair in Buthidaung Township: Ye Thein
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 14
Outcome Attempted Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Myanmar Ruling Party Officials in Rakhine in Hiding After Attempted Arrests," Radio Free Asia, May 6, 2020.
"Aung San Suu Kyi party official killed in Myanmarand#39;s Rakhine," SPi World News, December 26, 2019.