Incident Summary:

03/13/2017: An explosive device detonated and assailants opened fire targeting police officers at Malibcong Bridge in Poblacion, Abra, Philippines. Five police officers were injured in the attack. This was one of two related attacks in the area within a 24-hour period. The officers were sent to reinforce a police station that had been attacked the previous evening. The New People's Army (NPA) claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Southeast Asia

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Location Details:
The incident occurred on the Malibcong Bridge in the Malibcong district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Officers: Jessie Pastores Trinidad, Marlon Banigan de Lapaz, Gerome Pacapac Baldos
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included officers Von Harold Layao and Kennon Batanes Sanggoy.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) Agustin Begnalen Command Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"NPA owns up to Abra attack," Sun Star Network, March 15, 2017."
"Abra on red alert as NPA steps up attacks.(Luzon)," Manila Bulletin, March 14, 2017."
"5 cops wounded in NPA ambush.(Luzon)," Manila Bulletin, March 13, 2017."