Incident Summary:

08/28/2018: An explosives-laden motorcycle detonated near businesses and a military truck along the National Highway in Kalawag III, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. Two more explosive devices were discovered nearby and safely defused. At least three people were killed and 36 others were wounded in the blast. The East Asia Division of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also attributed the incident to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM), which denied involvement, and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Sultan Kudarat


Location Details:
The incident occurred in near the National Highway in the Kalawag III neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Specific Description Truck
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA)
Specific Description Member
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Wel Mark John Lapidez, Davy Shane Alayon, Lenie Ombrog
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
Explosives Remote Trigger
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An explosive device containing a 9-volt battery, a water pump barrel, and utilizing a mobile phone as a triggering mechanism and two homemade explosive devices 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included soldiers, Master Sergeant Capilitan and Sergeant Timjar Hambali, and civilians, Arnold Layog Losanes; Jomar Ali Montero Sacampong; Jessa Claire Villaneva; Reymun Malvez; Ibrahim Bryan Sucampung Bernal; Nassip Gomgao; Romel Uba; Jomar Capulong; Francisco Suerte; Azrel Malves; Mary Jane Lacson; Serenela Pauline Lacson; Tanate Juduhan; Jenex Acolador; Renalyn Alion; Jessa Villanueva; Cristale Patanga; Marmie Salawangen; Rodel Singhan; Nikki John Peramil; Jeffrey Bacalto; Nestor Ladrido; Rey Emma Blancada; Samira Degaosun; Ansawi Degaosun; Gani Degaosun; Nassipin Acmad; Leonisa Alcaria; Mylene Delava; Ryan Miguel Batolo; and Christopher Siton. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) No
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) No
East Asia Division of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 36 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 36
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Sultan Kudarat bombing death toll rises to 3," Philippines Daily Inquirer, August 30, 2018.
"ISIS owns bomb attack on Sultan Kudarat, says US intelligence group," Philippines Daily Inquirer, August 29, 2018.
"AFP says BIFF behind Sultan Kudarat blast," Manila Bulletin, August 29, 2018.