Incident Summary:

12/29/2015: Assailants opened fire on a Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) sergeant along Sinsuat Avenue in Cotabato City, Maguindanao province, Philippines. The soldier was killed and at least five others, including the assailant, were wounded in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Cotabato City

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Sinsuat Avenue.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Philippine Marine Corps (PMC)
Specific Description Sergeant: Leopoldo Moncerena
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 Handgun
Weapon Details
A .45-caliber pistol was 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. One of the suspects stated that the confrontation occurred as a result of a hit and run by the soldier, although police doubted the veracity of this claim.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Marine killed in Cotabato motorcycle shooting," Minda News, December 29, 2015.