Incident Summary:

02/23/2016: Assailants opened fire on a military convoy in Cadapaan, Lanao del Sur, Philippines. At least one soldier was killed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials attributed the attack to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which denied involvement. In addition, sources also attributed the attack to the Maute Group.




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 Convoy
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 Emmanuel Buhilag. 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 No
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Relief goods distributed to over 2,000 in Lanao del Sur," CNN Philippines, February 28, 2016.
"Lanao clashes continue; MILF denies involvement," Manila Times (Philippines), February 25, 2016.
"Philippines: Foreign terrorist, five cohorts slain in Lanao Sur firefight," The Daily Tribune Online, February 24, 2016.