Incident Summary:

12/24/2017: Assailants fired grenade launchers and automatic firearms at a military base in Taglibi, Patikul, Sulu, Philippines. Five people, including four soldiers, were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Taglibi neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
M203 grenade launchers and automatic assault rifles 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The victims included Sergeants Ramonito Kilat and Abutallib Alling, Corporal Jun-mar Lomoggo, Private First Class Rogelio Domingo, and Civilian Carmina Yusop Sobejana.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"4 soldiers, civilian hurt in Abu Sayyaf attack," Philippine Star, December 25, 2017.
"5 hurt in Abu Sayyaf's attack in Sulu on Christmas eve," Philippines Daily Inquirer, December 25, 2017.
"Philippines: Highlights of Terrorist, Counterterrorist Activities 16-31 December 2017," Summary, December 16, 2017.