Incident Summary:

03/31/2015: Assailants abducted two grandchildren of Pitogo Mayor Richard Garban along with a bakery worker in Pitogo town, Zamboanga del Sur province, Philippines. The bakery worker was killed on April 3, 2015 while a second victim escaped on July 20, 2015. The third hostage was released unharmed on February 7, 2016. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Zamboanga del Sur


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Pitogo
Specific Description Grandchildren of Mayor: Richard Garban
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bakery Worker: Ledgie Tomarong
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 313
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 1330050.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
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
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Abu Sayyaf kidnap victim escapes in Sulu," ABS-CBN News, July 20, 2015.
"Abu Sayyaf frees 18-year-old kidnap victim in Sulu," GMA, July 20, 2015.
"Teen hostage held since March escapes Philippine militants," San Francisco Chronicle, July 20, 2015.