Incident Summary:

03/13/2017: Assailants hijacked and set fire to a Yellow Bus Line passenger bus in San Vincente, North Cotabato, Philippines. There were no reported casualties in the attack. The New People's Army (NPA) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Cotabato

San Vincente

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Makilala district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Yellow Bus Line (YBLI)
Specific Description Bus
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 18
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Pistols and gasoline 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) Front 72 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suspected NPAs torch bus in North Cotabato; no one harmed," Philippines Daily Inquirer, March 13, 2017.
"Philippines: Suspected NPA gunmen set fire to a passenger bus in Cotabato," GMA News Online, March 13, 2017.
"Philippines: Highlights of Terrorist, Counterterrorist Activities 1-15 March 2017," Summary, March 1, 2017.