Incident Summary:

12/31/2008: On Wednesday night, at 2130, a man lobbed a grenade into a crowd of people celebrating the New Year at a plaza in General Santos City, Mindanao, injuring at least 22. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials suspect the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

South Cotabato

General Santos

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity
Specific Description General Santos Police
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
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 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
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 0 Fatalities / 22 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 22
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"GMA News, "(Update) Grenade Blast Wounds More Than 20 in GenSan," (January 1, 2009)."
"Xinhua News Agency, "22 Injured in New Year Eve Blast in S Philippines," LexisNexis Academic, Xinhua News Agency, January 01, 2009."
"Agence France Presse, "New Year Grenade Attack Wounds 22 in Philippinesr," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, January 01, 2009."