Incident Summary:

04/10/2019: Assailants opened fire on Philippine Army and Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) personnel on motorcycles in Upper Benembengan, Basilan, Philippines. A soldier and two militia members were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Upper Benembengan

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 Motorcycles
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU)
Specific Description Motorcycles of Members
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
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 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
"4 killed in Sulu, Basilan clashes," Manila Times (Philippines), April 11, 2019.
"Soldier, militia men killed by Abu gunmen in Basilan," Manila Bulletin, April 11, 2019.
"3 killed in Abu Sayyaf militants' attack in southern Philippines," Xinhua General News Service, April 10, 2019.