Incident Summary:

09/11/2018: Assailants armed with automatic rifles abducted two Indonesian fishermen from Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia. Usman Yusuf escaped to Luuk Town, Sulu, Philippines on December 6, 2018 and Samsul Saguni was released on January 15, 2019 in Sulu, Philippines. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Semporna

Attack Information
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 Fishermen: Samsul Saguni, Usman Yunus
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 126
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 979880.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes The perpetrators demanded a ransom of RM4 million for the release of the hostages.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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 2
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
"Indonesian rescued from Sayyaf rebels," Manila Times (Philippines), January 16, 2019.
"Indonesian hostage rescued from Abu Sayyaf militants in Philippines," Xinhua General News Service, December 6, 2018.
"Thailand: Jakarta wants KL to rescue abducted Indonesian fishermen," The Nation Online, September 25, 2018.