Incident Summary:

01/24/2015: Assailants abducted three people, including Noui Hong Sung, in Roseller Lim town, Zamboanga Sibugay province, Philippines. Two of the hostages escaped shortly after the abduction and Sung, a Korean businessperson, was killed on October 31, 2015. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and the Waning Abdusalam Group (WAG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Zamboanga Sibugay

Roseller Lim

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Noui Hong Sung
Nationality of Target South Korea
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 10
Outcome Combination
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) No
Waning Abdusalam Group (WAG) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
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
"Elderly South Korean man kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants 10 months ago found dead in a sack," The Independent, November 1, 2015.
"Kidnapped Korean found dead," Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 1, 2015.
"Kidnapped Korean trader freed in Lanao Sur," The Philippine Star, February 5, 2015.