Incident Summary:

12/08/2016: Assailants abducted two people from two fishing vessels off the coast of Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia. Three assailants were killed and a police officer was injured after security personnel responded to the attack. One of the hostages was rescued on the same day, while the fate of the remaining hostage is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Lahad Datu

Location Details:
The incident occurred off the coast of Lahad Datu.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Crew Members
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. One hostage was rescued on the same day. The fate of the remaining hostage is unknown.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Philippine Abu Sayyaf militants free 2 Indonesians," Associated Press, December 12, 2016."
"Philippines: Abu Sayyaf kidnapping leader killed in Sabah,", December 10, 2016."
"Philippines: Malaysian authorities kill Abu Sayyaf leader, thwart kidnapping —PHL military," GMA News Online, December 10, 2016."