Incident Summary:

06/04/2020: Assailants abducted Wanchalerarm Satsaksit, a Thai pro-democracy activist, in Phnom Penh, Mekong Gardens, Cambodia. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Mekong Gardens condominium in Sangkat Chrouy Changva.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship
Specific Description Activist: Wanchalerarm Satsaksit
Nationality of Target Thailand
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected the involvement of Cambodian or Thai officials.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
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 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Three Weeks on, Cambodian Police Have no Leads on Missing Thai Pro-Democracy Activist," Voice of America, June 25, 2020.
"Wanchalearm Satsaksit: The Thai satirist abducted in broad daylight," RocketNews, July 1, 2020.
"Three Weeks on, Cambodian Police Have no Leads on Missing Thai Pro-Democracy Activist," Cambodia Daily, June 26, 2020.