Incident Summary:

07/15/2017: Assailants abducted six laborers from Kawmpang Elementary School in Kawmpang, Bangkal, Sulu, Philippines. One laborer escaped and another was rescued by security forces shortly after. Three of the hostages escaped on August 11, 2017 and the remaining hostage escaped on August 14, 2017. At least two hostages were wounded during the ordeal. The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Bangkal district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Laborers: Jenly Miranda, Larry Velasquez, Joel Adanza
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 30
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 19357.79
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Jung Guerrero, Momoy Ramos and Jayson Baylosis.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Philippines: 4th construction worker escape Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu," GMA News Online, August 14, 2017.
"3 ASG hostages escape in Sulu," Manila Times, August 11, 2017.
"Sayyaf men kidnap 6 loggers, hunter," Philippine Star, July 22, 2017.