Incident Summary:

12/09/2004: Three policemen were killed while responding to a call about an alleged bomb in Silang town in the northern Philippines. While responding to the bomb threat, the policemen were ambushed and shot. There were no reports of a bomb exploding thereby indicating that the attackers used either a fake bomb or no bomb at all in their scheme. The attackers belonged to the communist separatist group known as the New People's Army (NPA).




Southeast Asia

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Location Details:
The policemen were shot while en route to Silang town which is located south of Manila.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Philippine Police
Specific Description A group of 3 Philippine policemen
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
The attackers reportedly used automatic weapons to ambush the 3 policemen as they responded to a call regarding a bomb threat. No mention was made in the articles of an actual bomb ever being found.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related incidents (cf. 200412090002). Although the attacks were unclaimed, local police believed that the Communist, New People's Army (NPA), was behind the attack. The 36th anniversary of the NPA insurgency was on December 26, 2005 and police believed that the group was planning on stepping up attacks in honor of that date. Later that night, unidentified men, probably belonging to the New People's Army (NPA), sprayed a police checkpoint with bullets in Olongapo City in Subic also in the north, killing two policemen and a security guard and seriously wounding two other policemen. The NPA had approximately 8,600 members across the Philippines at the time of the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
“6 killed in suspected Philippine rebel attacks vs. cops,” Xinhua General News Service, December 10, 2004.
“Policemen, one security guard killed in attacks in Philippines,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 10, 2004.
“Six slain in ambushes on Philippine police,” Agence France Presse, December 10, 2004.