Incident Summary:

11/14/2017: Assailants abducted six people from their homes in Kalimayahan, Patikul, Sulu, Philippines. The victims were released on December 1, 2017. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Patikul 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 Civilians: Jessy Trinidad; Nene Trinidad; Aloh Trinidad,
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 17
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
Additional Information Other civilians abducted were identified as Lucy Hapole, Junjun Hapole, and Nelson Hapole.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Ajang-Ajang Group No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 15
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
"Abu Sayyaf releases 6 hostages," Manila Bulletin, December 3, 2017.
"Philippines: Abu Sayyaf group abducts six locals," Anadolu Agency (AA), November 16, 2017.
"Philippines: Abu Sayyaf men kidnap 6 civilians in Sulu,", November 15, 2017.