Incident Summary:

12/24/2019: Assailants ambushed the vehicle of Akmad Ampatuan, a vice mayor, along the National Highway in Poblacion, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao, Philippines. Two bodyguards were killed and Ampatuan was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Shariff Aguak

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Poblacion neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Philippines
Specific Description Vehicle of Vice Mayor: Akmad 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
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 bodyguards Hadji Akmad Lumenda Ampatuan and Elham Khalid. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Maguindanao vice mayor’s aides die in ambush try," Manila Standard, December 26, 2019.
"Vice Mayor Ampatuan hurt in Maguindanao ambush," Philippines Daily Inquirer, December 24, 2019.
"Vice mayor Akmad Ampatuan, 2 others hurt in Maguindanao ambush," Manila Times, December 24, 2019.