Incident Summary:

04/10/2009: On Friday morning at 0500, a strong blast rocked Kalamansig town in the vicinity of Poblacion Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat province, Philippines. The improved explosive device was believed to have been fashioned from a 60-milimeter mortar. A mobile phone was used to trigger the explosion. The IED was planted in front of the Azen General Merchandise owned by Chenda Chua. No casualties were reported, but damage occurred to the front of Azen General Merchandise's building as well as to establishments nearby. No groups have claimed responsibility, though police believe that Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) joined together for this attack.




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
Specific Description The target was Azen General Merchandise owned by Chenda Chua.
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device triggered by a mobile phone 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
Jemaah Islamiya (JI) (suspected) No
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 / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
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Romer S Sarmiento, "Explosions Mar Holy Week Observance in Central Mindanao," LexisNexis Academic, Business World, April 13, 2009.
Philippines News Agency, "Good Friday Bomb Attack Destroys Variety Store in Sultan Kudarat," LexisNexis Academic, Philippines News Agency, April 10, 2009.