Incident Summary:

11/05/2019: Assailants, including suicide bombers, opened fire on military forces in Itawon, Kan Islam, Sulu, Philippines. Three assailants were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and suspected that the attack was in retaliation for the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Kan Islam

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Itawon neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Specific Description Checkpoint
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
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Two explosives-laden vests and a .45-caliber pistol were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 3
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 3
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"3 militants killed in failed bombing in Philippines," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), November 6, 2019.
"Suspected suicide bombers, including 2 Egyptians, killed in Sulu," Manila Bulletin, November 6, 2019.
"3 suicide bombers' foiled plan in Sulu linked to ISIS leader's killing," CNN Philippines, November 6, 2019.