Incident Summary:

02/16/2018: Assailants attempted to hijack the MV Kudos cargo ship and kidnap the crew in the waters between Sibago Island and Coco Island, Tuburan, Basilan, Philippines. The attack was repelled, but one crew member was wounded in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the incident to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Tuburan

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the waters between Sibago Island and Coco Island near Tuburan, Hadji Mohammad Ajul district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description MV Kudos Cargo Ship
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 12
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Philippine cargo ship crew fight off attackers with hot water and oil," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 18, 2018.
"Pirates Repelled by Medieval Defence Tactics," MSNBC Newsweek, February 18, 2018.
"Cargo ship attacked off Basilan waters," Manila Times, February 17, 2018.