Incident Summary:

01/27/2020: Assailants attacked Rohingya Christian refugee families at Kutupalong Camp 2 in Ukhia, Chittagong, Bangladesh. At least 12 refugees were injured and several other people were abducted in the incident. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which denied involvement. The government also denied involvement of the ARSA.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Ukhia

Location Details:
The incident occurred at Kutupalong refugee camp.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Kutupalong Camp 2
Specific Description Refugee Camp
Nationality of Target Bangladesh
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Unknown Weapon Type
Weapon Details
Machetes were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related critiera. Law enforcement called the attack an "ordinary law-and-order incident."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 200
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Christians including girl,14, abducted and attacked at refugee...,", February 14, 2020.
"Christians Abducted, Attacked in Bangladesh Refugee Camp," Herald Globe, February 14, 2020.
"Christian Rohingya Refugees Say They Were Attacked in Bangladesh," Government Publications and Press Releases, January 27, 2020.