Incident Summary:

08/16/2017: Assailants abducted Police Officer 1 Bristol Catalan in Purok-4, Katipunan, Kidapawan, North Cotabato, Philippines. The hostage was released unharmed on December 4, 2017. The New People's Army (NPA) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Cotabato


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Purok-4 area of the Kidapawan district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Philippine National Police (PNP)
Specific Description Officer: Briston Catalan
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 110
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Handguns 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 53 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
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
"NPAs free NorthCot cop held captive for 110 days," Minda News, December 4, 2017.
"Philippines: Woman asks NPA to release cop husband,", August 26, 2017.
"Philippines: Wife of cop held captive by NPA appeals for his safe return," GMA News Online, August 25, 2017.