Incident Summary:

02/21/2016: Assailants threw grenades at a carnival in Poblacion neighborhood, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat province, Philippines. At least one person was killed and 47 others were injured in the blasts. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Sultan Kudarat


Location Details:
The incident occurred in Poblacion area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Carnival
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
Three MK-2 grenades 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
Additional Information The victims included John Alfon Antonio. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Sources noted that authorities were looking at other possible motives for the attack, including a personal grudge against the individual running the carnival.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 41 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 41
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Cops, Army blame BIFF in Sultan Kudarat carnival bombing," Philippines News Agency, February 24, 2016.
"Boy, 6, killed, 41 hurt in Kudarat grenade attack," Philippine Star, February 22, 2016.
"Philippines: Sultan Kudarat grenade blast kills boy, hurts 41 others," GMA News Online, February 22, 2016.