Incident Summary:

11/28/2000: Ten armed members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) seized the wife of a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Alicia, Philippines. In a failed rescue attempt six kidnappers and a bystander were killed and three civilians and a militiaman were wounded. Then four of the attackers and their victim sped off on a twin-engine pump boat. It was believed that the suspects were bound for either Basilan or one of the eleven islands of Zamboanga City.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Zamboanga del Sur


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description The wife of a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Alicia
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A pump boat was also used in the attack.
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
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"7 Killed as Kidnapping Suspects, Soldiers Clash,” Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 30, 2000.