Incident Summary:

05/19/2020: Assailants equipped with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles opened fire on a Philippine Army detachment in Salbu, Datu Saudi-Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Philippines. There were no reported casualties in the ensuing clash. This was one of two related attacks targeting posts in Datu Saudi-Ampatuan town on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Datu Saudi-Ampatuan district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Philippine Army (PA)
Specific Description 57th Infantry Battalion Soldiers
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Shoulder-fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), 40-mm grenade launchers, and assault rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) 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
"Philippines: Troops repel BIFF gunmen in Maguindanao attack," Asia News Monitor, May 21, 2020.