Incident Summary:

06/25/2018: Assailants abducted the daughter of a merchant in Palau Pinang, Himbah, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. At least two people, including the mother of the hostage and one assailant, were injured in the attack. The hostage was rescued on November 1, 2018. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected the involvement of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Palau Pinang area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Civilian
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 129
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 7
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"2 kidnap victims rescued in Sulu," Philippines Daily Inquirer, November 2, 2018.
"Gov't forces fail to rescue girl after brief firefight with ASG.(Mindanao)," Manila Bulletin, July 10, 2018.
"Hunt on for young girl’s abductors in Tawi-Tawi," Manila Times, June 28, 2018.