Incident Summary:

04/29/2018: Assailants abducted four people, including two police officers, from Liang, Sulu, Philippines. One of the hostages was released on May 5, 2018. Another hostage was rescued on May 8, 2018. A third hostage was released on May 15, 2018. The final hostage was released on May 16, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the abduction to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Philippine National Police (PNP)
Specific Description Officers: Benierose Alvarez, Dinah Gumahad
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Faizal Ahidji, Jacosalem Bas Ahamad
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 17
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 93568.15
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
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 Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
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
"Suspected militants abduct two Philippine police officers, companions," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, April 30, 2018.
"2 policewomen released in Sulu,", May 17, 2018.
"Abu Sayyaf frees 2 police officers in Sulu," Philippines Daily Inquirer, May 16, 2018.