Incident Summary:

08/31/2018: Assailants abducted two civilians and opened fire on villagers in Piacan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. Six people, including five civilians and one Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) soldier, were killed in the attack. One of the hostages was released on October 17, 2018 and the second hostage was released on November 15, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Zamboanga del Norte


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA)
Specific Description Member: Amsid Callun
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Absar Gamba, Kabrian Ginsing, Saddam Tahir
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 76
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 42306.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 42306.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes One hostage was released after a payment of 1.2 million Philippine Pesos ($23,074 USD). The other hostage was released after a payment of 1 million Philippine Pesos ($19,229 USD).
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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 The victims included Jaayri Lumihig, Muslimin Adan, Jering Carbi, Rufo Roda, and Helen. 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
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Sayyaf frees kidnap victim amid clashes," Manila Times (Philippines), November 18, 2018.
"Abu Sayyaf bandits release female hostage," Philippines News Agency, November 17, 2018.
"Abu Sayyaf captive freed in Sulu," Philippine Star, October 18, 2018.