Incident Summary:

06/22/2016: An explosive device detonated near a Philippine Army (PA) truck in Ulandang, Midsayap district, North Cotabato, Philippines. Assailants then opened fire on the vehicle. At least three people, including two soldiers and a civilian, were wounded in the blast and the ensuing clash. Security forces arrested two assailants that identified themselves as Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The assailants claimed responsibility for the attack during interrogation but later denied any involvement. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) also claimed responsibility and stated that the incident was carried out in response to an upcoming military operation against the group.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Cotabato


Location Details:
The incident occurred in Midsayap district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Philippine Army (PA)
Specific Description Truck
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
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
Explosives Remote Trigger
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb constructed from a 105-mm howitzer shell, containing cut nails and metal sheets, and utilizing a mobile phone as a trigger mechanism 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Jestoni Bauzon and Sgt. Edwin Soria, and Miriam Akis. 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
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"2 MILF bombing suspects nabbed," Manila Times (Philippines), June 28, 2016.
"2 suspects in North Cotabato roadside blast nabbed," Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 27, 2016.
"Cops, Army hunt down BIFF in roadside bombing that hurt soldiers, student in North Cotabato," Philippines News Agency, June 23, 2016.