Incident Summary:

04/17/2020: Assailants ambushed a military patrol in Danag, Sulu, Philippines. At least 12 soldiers were killed and 13 were injured. The 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 Patrol
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Automatic rifles were 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The deceased were identified as 1st Lt. Rogelio E. Deligero Jr., Staff Sgt. Jayson P. Gazzingan, Staff Sergeant Alexander B. Bolesa, Corporal Rasul B. Ao-as, Corporal Ernesto L. Bautista Jr., Corporal John Michael T. Manodom, Corporal Mark Dexter U. Montinegro, Corporal Jomar A. Niñalga, Private First Class Benson A. Bongguic, Private First Class Jomel N. Pagulayan, Private First Class Premark P. Vallecer and Private Jiydon T. Usman. Wounded during the encounter were Sergeant Oliver Y. Salvador, Corporal Jesus T. Genora, Corporal Erick A. Curioso, Corporal Johndy B. Sabaway, Corporal Apollo D. Papa, Corporal Narciso N. Salibad Jr., Private First Class Odit P. Flores, Private First Class Jaypee L. Maddawing, Private First Class Solomon T. Ngayak, Private First Class Robert M. Arias, Private First Class John Paul G. Manuel, Private First Class Jesrael U. Sapo, and Private RJ G. Esteban. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"In Philippines, 11 soldiers killed in clash with Islamist militants," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, April 17, 2020.
"Palace pays tribute to slain, wounded soldiers," Philippines Daily Tribune, April 28, 2020.
"Another fallen hero: Soldier wounded in Sulu clash dies," ABS-CBN News, April 21, 2020.