Incident Summary:

05/25/2019: Assailants opened fire on civilians attending a community forum with the military in Igasan, Sulu, Philippines. Nine people and six assailants were killed and 14 people, including seven assailants, were injured in the attack. Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Specific Description Personnel
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Military-Civilian Forum
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
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 civilians Jahida Usab and Saiful Abdun.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 30
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 7
"Militants Attack Soldiers in Southern Philippines, Leaving 2 Children Dead," The New York Times, May 26, 2019.
"Two children killed in Abu Sayyaf attack in southern Philippines," Straits Times, May 26, 2019.
"ASG attacks community dialogue; 2 kids, 6 terrorists killed in clash with military," Manila Bulletin, May 26, 2019.