Incident Summary:

08/21/2017: Assailants abducted Arnold Panisan, a former Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) in Mahaba, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte, Philippines. Panisan was released on August 23, 2017. The New People's Army (NPA) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Arnold Panisan was released because he promised to sever his ties with the military. Sources also stated that Panisan was accused of being a military informant.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Agusan del Norte


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Cabadbaran district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU)
Specific Description Member: Arnold Panisan
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) Northeastern Mindanao Regional Command Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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 former CAFGU man in Agusan.(Mindanao)," Manila Bulletin, August 24, 2017.