Incident Summary:

11/24/2019: An explosive device detonated targeting the vehicle of Datu Item Ampatuan, a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) commander, in Barangay Poblacion, Maguindanao, Philippines. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) was involved in the attack.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Shariff Aguak

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Poblacion neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
Specific Description Vehicle of Commander: Datu Item Ampatuan
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden motorcycle triggered by a mobile phone was used in the attack.
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 members Arsad Lintang, Jumer Mamasapano, Norodin Sansaluna, Johaimirin Sansaluna, and driver Jeanor Lintang.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) (suspected) 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
"IED blast rocks Maguindanao town," Philippines Daily Inquirer, November 24, 2019.
"3 MILF men unhurt as bomb explodes in Maguindanao," HT Syndication, November 25, 2019.