Incident Summary:

12/28/2016: An explosive device detonated along a highway near Pagangan Dos, Aleosan district, North Cotabato, Philippines. At least six people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) and the Maute Group.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Cotabato

Near Pagangan Dos

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Aleosan district.

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 Truck
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
Two remote-controlled explosive devices utilizing a battery-operated blasting system 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 Amerol Musa Tantos, Hanep Alipa Ayon, Yahya Kasan, Pahmi Daya Diamla, Johary Amerol, and Salman Tahir. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) No
Maute Group No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"DND tags Maute, BIFF in Leyte, Cotabato blasts," Manila Times (Philippines), December 30, 2016.
"Twin Philippine bombings wound 33," The Nation (Thailand), December 30, 2016.
"6 hurt in Cotabato bomb blast," Philippines Daily Inquirer, December 29, 2016.