Incident Summary:

2/27/2004: A bomb consisting of eight pounds of TNT planted in a TV set by an Abu Sayyaf member caused a powerful explosion and large fire that destroyed the Superferry 14 in Manila Bay about an hour after it left Manila, Philippines. The ferry was carrying 899 passengers and crew, 116 of whom were killed by the attack. Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Soliman and leader Khaddafy Janjalani claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the group.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Metropolitian Manila


Location Details:
The incident occurred on ferry departing from Manila

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity William, Gothong & Aboitiz (WG&A)
Specific Description Superferry 14
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
Approximately 8 pounds of TNT in a television, watch used as a timer
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
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 116 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 116
Number of U.S. Fatalities Unknown
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Teresa Cerojano, "Authorities Find More Survivors from Philippine Ferry Fire, Proble Claim of Responsibility," Associated Press Worldstream, March 1, 2004.
Arlyn de la Cruz and Tarra Quismundo, "We Bombed Ferry, Says Abu Chief," Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 1, 2004.
Paul Alexander, "Investigation Says Bomb Caused Ferry Blast in Philippines that Killed More Than 100 in February, " The Associated Press, October 11, 2004.