Incident Summary:

12/30/2016: Assailants armed with projectiles and firearms attacked Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) units in Salibo, Maguindanao, Philippines. At least seven assailants were killed and five others were injured in the ensuing clash. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) claimed responsibility and stated that the incident was carried out in response to the recent death of a BIFM member.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Specific Description Unit
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Multiple 40-mm rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and automatic firearms 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 7
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 5
"BIFF bandits attack Army outposts in Maguindanao town," Philippine Star, December 31, 2016."
"Moro rebels attack 3 Army detachments in Maguindanao," Philippine Daily Inquirer, December 31, 2016."
"AFP braces for more BIFF attacks in ARMM," Manila Times, January 4, 2017."