Incident Summary:

12/24/2016: Assailants threw a grenade at a Philippine National Police (PNP) vehicle near the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino Church in Santo Nino, Midsayap, North Cotabato, Philippines. At least 16 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials attributed the attack to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM). Sources also suspected that the attack may have been carried out by the Maute Group.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Cotabato


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Santo Nino area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Philippine National Police (PNP)
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
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 Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4) Johnny C. Caballero, Ejimar Bargaso Loques, Jonel Rillo Orquiola, Kent Steven Robles, Jessa Mae Banlawi, Little Joy Costales Singco, Princess Nicole Capundog, Cheyserr Mae Rosete, Jofer Asis, Regor Pedrosa, Ronaldo Soles, Arniel Silvano, Jennilyn Silvano, Ronald Duga, and Arissen Bagot. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Authorities suspected that the attack may have been carried out by drug syndicates.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) No
Maute Group (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 16 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 16
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"16 hurt as two men throw grenade at churchgoers," Tempo, December 26, 2016."
"Bishop condemns Midsayap blast; police eye drug angle," Philippine Star, December 26, 2016."