Incident Summary:

04/17/2017: An explosive device detonated near a gas station in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. At least 14 people, including five police officers and nine civilians, were injured in the blast. This was one of two coordinated attacks at the same location within a short period of time; this second bombing targeted police personnel responding to the site of an earlier blast. An additional explosive device was defused at the scene. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Sultan Kudarat


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Specific Description Bomb Disposal Team Members: Staff Sergeant Ipil Presaldo, Staff Sergeant Menzo Salsalito Manoy, Corporal Alvin Jimenez
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Joint Task Force Talacudong
Specific Description Officers: Senior Police Officer 2 Jasper Garcia, Police Officer 2 Gerald San Pedro, Police Officer 1 Eleazar Sustiguer
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Bystanders
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 Other Explosive Type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Two explosive devices, including one containing nails, were used in the attack.
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 Police Officer 1 Martin San Pedro and Police Officer 1 Eleazar Sustiguer. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"2 suspects in Tacurong explosions nabbed," Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 18, 2017.
"Cops arrest 2 men; 14 injured in Tacurong City twin blasts," Sun Star Network, April 18, 2017.
"Philippines: 16 hurt in Tacurong City blast; 2 MILF men nabbed," Malaya Business Insight Online, April 18, 2017.