Incident Summary:

02/20/2016: Assailants opened fire on a Philippine Army (PA) patrol base in Bayabao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines. At least eight people, including two soldiers and six assailants, were killed and six other soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash. The Maute Group claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also attributed the incident to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which denied involvement.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Lanao del Sur


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Philippine Army (PA)
Specific Description Patrol Base
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The victims included Julairin Tutuan. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Maute Group Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 80
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Philippines: Army regains control of Lanao Sur town, drives away ISIS-inspired group,", March 1, 2016.
"Relief goods distributed to over 2,000 in Lanao del Sur," CNN Philippines, February 28, 2016.
"MILF opens Lanao Sur camp to evacuees who fled clashes between soldiers and extremist group,", February 28, 2016.