Incident Summary:

12/28/2018: Assailants opened fire on two soldiers riding a motorcycle in Rosary Heights, Cotabato City, Maguindanao, Philippines. At least three soldiers were wounded in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM). Sources also attributed the incident to the Maute Group.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Cotabato City

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Rosary Heights neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Philippine Army (PA)
Specific Description Soldiers: Private First Class Michael Haudar, Private First Class Nerwin Delfin
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) (suspected) No
Maute Group (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Task Force, PNP probe ambush of soldiers in Cotabato City," Manila Times (Philippines), December 30, 2018.
"Army denies 2 soldiers slain in Cotabato clash," Manila Times (Philippines), December 29, 2018.
"Philippines: Highlights of Terrorist, Counterterrorist Activities 24-31 December 2018," Summary, December 24, 2018.