Incident Summary:

06/05/2020: Assailants attacked military personnel in Kan Ague, Patikul, Sulu, Philippines. At least two assailants and four soldiers were killed and 17 soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash. The East Asia Division of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources also attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Kan Ague neighborhood.

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 Soldiers
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources believed the soldiers may have been performing a military operation.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) No
East Asia Division of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 40
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"4 soldiers killed, 17 wounded in clash with rebels in southern Philippines," Xinhua General News Service, June 6, 2020.
"4 soldiers killed, 17 others hurt in Sulu clash.(Mindanao)," Manila Bulletin, June 6, 2020.
"BBC Monitoring World Media Update Late Edition 5 Jun 20," BBC Monitoring, June 5, 2020.