Incident Summary:

12/04/2008: On Thursday evening at around 2000, in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines, assailants detonated an improvised explosive device outside the Mercury Drugstore in the town's plaza; wounding six civilians and vendors and damaging the market. The victims, identified as Rowena Durana (38), Diego Sitti Honorata (46), Ramil Noblieza (25), Aileen Ancatan (33), Rey Tacuyan (21), and Jean Uloy (21), were brought to the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital for treatment. This is one of two linked bombings. No group claimed responsibility, although police blamed Basit Usman, an alleged member of the international terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) for the bombings.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Sultan Kudarat


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Mercury Drugstore
Specific Description The Mercury Drugstore in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat province.
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used in the 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
Jemaah Islamiya (JI) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
International Herald Tribune, "Blast in Southern Philippines Wounds Six Civilians," International Herald Tribune, December 5, 2008.
Agence France Presse, "At Least Five Wounded in Southern Philippine Blast: Police," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, December 4, 2008.
South Asia Terrorism Portal, James Mananghaya, "JI Blamed for Sultan Kudarat Bombings," (December 06, 2008).