Incident Summary:

12/23/2008: On Tuesday night, at about 2100, in Isabela, Basilan, Philippines, two assailants on a motorcycle threw a grenade at a crowd of people attending an outdoor live band performance at Jollibee fast food restaurant, wounding 26 civilians, two of them children. Basilan Provincial Police Senior Superintendent Salik Macapanatar said police had recovered the safety pin lever of an MK-11 fragmentation grenade. Some of the injured were identified as Berlinda Ganaban, 19; Arnold Esmael, 20; Rham Aron, 16; Nahji Aspara, 18; Muktar Nur, 24; Abdul Nasser, 17; Edris Husin, 20; Rexter Peralta, 22; Hajimar Sahir, 18; and Alwhidz Mohammad, 21, and Jemar Aming. Aming was taken to Zamboanga City Medical Center due to critical injuries. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Abu Sayyaf Group was responsible.




Southeast Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description A fast food Jolibee restaurant
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
A MK-11 fragmentation grenade was 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
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 17 to 22 to 26, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "24 Civilians, Two Children Wounded in Grenade Attack by Suspected ASG in Isabela, Basilan, Philippines," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 2, 2009."
"United Press International, "26 Hurt in Philippine Grenade Attack," LexisNexis Academic, United Press International, December 24, 2008."
"Roel Pareno & James Mananghaya & Marvin Sy, BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific, "Philippine Authorities Suspect Abu Sayyaf Gunmen Behind Basilan Blast," LexisNexis Academic, The Philippine Star, December 25, 2008."