Incident Summary:

09/22/2018: Assailants abducted Benjamin Ubaid in Latih, Sulu, Philippines. Ubaid, a teacher, was released on September 24, 2018. The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded a ransom in exchange for Shariff Benjamin Asamli Ubaid.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Camp Andress Central Elementary School
Specific Description Teacher: Shariff Benjamin Asamli Ubaid
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 19145.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid 3829.00
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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
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
"ASG sets Sulu teacher free," Manila Bulletin, September 26, 2018.
"ASG kidnaps Sulu teacher," Manila Times (Philippines), September 26, 2018.
"Abu Sayyaf gunmen release teacher abducted in Sulu," Philippine Star, September 25, 2018.