Incident Summary:

09/27/2017: Assailants abducted Ezzedin Suod Tan between Timbangan and Tagba, Indanan, Sulu, Philippines. Tan, a Jolo municipal councilor, was released on November 1, 2017. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Tagbak

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Indanan district, between Timbangan and Tagbak.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Jolo
Specific Description Councilor: Ezzedin Suod Tan
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 35
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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Ajang-Ajang Group No
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
"Philippines: Abu Sayyaf frees councilor," Malaya Business Insight Online, November 2, 2017.
"ASG kidnaps Sulu councilor.(Provincial)," Manila Bulletin, September 28, 2017.
"Abu Sayyaf seizes Jolo town official," Manila Times, September 28, 2017.