Incident Summary:

06/18/2019: Assailants abducted 9-10 fishermen in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia. The hostages were released on June 21, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Lahad Datu

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
Nationality of Target Malaysia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included fishermen Ogan, Bongosan, Ekong, Samsul, Hadji Kand, Amil, Apak, Inai, Kassim, and Memek. Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 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
"Militants free nine nomads seized off Borneo: police," Gulf Times, June 22, 2019.
"Abu Sayyaf militants free 9 sea gypsies in southern Philippines," Xinhua General News Service, June 22, 2019.
"Cops recover 10 kidnap victims in Sulu town," Philippines News Agency, June 22, 2019.