Incident Summary:

12/31/2014: An explosive device detonated in a market in Mlang town, North Cotabato province, Philippines. Two people were killed and 32 others were wounded in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities attributed the attack to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Cotabato


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Market
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 Unknown Explosive 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 32 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 32
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Authorities blame BIFF in North Cotabato deadly blast," Philippines News Agency, January 2, 2015.
"Bomb blast in North Cotabato town kills 2," ABS-CBN News, January 1, 2015.
"4 die, 30 hurt in North Cotabato bombing," Philippines News Agency, December 31, 2014.