Incident Summary:

12/27/2001: Suspected Muslim rebels attacked the predominantly Christian town of Naga, Zamboanga de Sibugay province, Philippines. The assailants opened fire on the villagers, killing six of them in the attack. Soldiers and militia responded by returning fire, killing one of the attackers and wounding a second one. The dead gunman was identified as a former member of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The gunmen fled, abducting another four villagers, who were found dead following the attack. In total, ten villagers and one assailant were killed.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Zamboanga Sibugay


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Residents in the town of Naga
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
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) No
Additional Information One source states that five villagers were killed in the shooting and five were kidnapped; two sources state that six were killed in the shooting and four were kidnapped. In addition, two sources state that incident took place in Zamboanga de Sibugay province, while a third less-reputable source states it took place in Zamboanga del Sur province.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Ten Villagers Killed in Southern Philippines," Xinhua General News Service, December 29, 2001.
"Ten villagers slain in attack in southern Philippines," Agence France Presse, December 29, 2001.
"Eleven killed in attack in southern Philippine village," Channel News Asia, December 29, 2001.