Incident Summary:

12/31/2015: Assailants opened fire on Philippine Army (PA) soldiers in Linantangan village, Maguindanao province, Philippines. At least six assailants were killed and 20 others were injured in the ensuing clash. This was one of three attacks targeting the military in Maguindanao on the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incidents to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Philippine Army (PA)
Specific Description 40th Infantry Battalion Soldiers
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 Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most 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 6 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 20
"26 BIFF rebels slain in attacks," Manila Times (Philippines), January 2, 2016.
"Philippines: BIFF launches simultaneous attacks on New Year's Eve in Maguindanao,", January 1, 2016.
"BIFF harassments, rido disrupt New Year celebration," Minda News, January 1, 2016.