Incident Summary:

09/21/2015: Assailants abducted four people at the Holiday Oceanview Marina in Camudmud, Samal Island, Davao del Norte, Philippines. The two Canadian hostages were killed while Marites Flor was released on June 23, 2016 and Kjartan Sekkingstad was released on September 17, 2016. The New People's Army (NPA) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the death of an NPA commander, although the claim was refuted by the local mayor. Additionally, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded a halt to military operations against the group.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Davao del Norte


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Samal Island district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Holiday Oceanview Marina
Specific Description Manager: Kjartan Sekkingstad
Nationality of Target Norway
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: John Ridsdel, Robert Hall
Nationality of Target Canada
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Maritess Flor
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 362
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 80242680.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 1003033.50
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes A ransom of four billion Philippine pesos ($80,242,680 USD) was demanded for the release of the four hostages. Fifty million Philippine pesos ($1,003,033.50 USD) was paid for the release of the Norwegian victim.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .45-caliber firearm and a .38-caliber revolver 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
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
New People's Army (NPA) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
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
"Philippines kills 11 Abu Sayyaf militants after beheading," Associated Press International, August 26, 2016."
"Abu Sayyaf Militants Release Norwegian Hostage in Philippines," New York Times, September 17, 2016."
"Abu Sayyaf 'kills Canadian Robert Hall' in Philippines," BBC, June 13, 2016."