Incident Summary:

"08/18/2008: On Monday night, at least 200 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels seized a main highway in Lanao del Norte province, raiding five coastal towns near Tangcal city, Lanao del Norte province, Philippines. Rebels shot and killed or hacked to death 33 civilians, at least three soldiers and a policeman. They also burned several houses and displaced about 44,000 residents. Retreating rebels took 63 hostages as human shields but released them early Tuesday morning on 08/19/2008 upon escaping. MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu stated that the attack was carried out by commander Adbdullah Macapaar, alias "Bravo," without the group's authority and would face consequences for his actions. Kabalu also said the rebels were frustrated after the Supreme Court blocked a preliminary agreement with the rebels calling for an expanded autonomous region."




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Lanao del Norte

Near Tangcal

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Filipino Military
Specific Description Tangcal city Military soldiers were also targeted.
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Tangcal city Law Enforcement
Specific Description Tangcal city policemen were also targeted.
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilian residents of nearby Tangcal city villages and their houses
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 63
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the firearm attack, unknown sharp weapons were used in the melee attack and an unknown incendiary device was used in the arson attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 200
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 37 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 37
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
"GMA News, "Central Mindanao Towns Tense after Moro Rebel Raids," August 19, 2008,"
"GMA News, "MILF Frees 62 Hostages, Hold on to 8," August 19, 2008,"