Incident Summary:

09/30/2009: On Wednesday, in Paatan Upper village in Kabacan, Cotabato, Philippines, assailants fired upon and killed two civilians. The assailants may have mistaken the victims for hostile forces. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was responsible.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Cotabato

Upper Paatan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target of the attack was civilians.
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were 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 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Civilians Killed in Armed Attack by Suspected MILF in Kabacan, Cotabato, Philippines," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 15, 2010.
Xinhua News Agency, “Suspected Rebels Kill Two Farmers in S. Philippines,” LexisNexis Academic, Xinhua News Agency, October 02, 2009.