Incident Summary:

06/13/2020: Assailants opened fire on a police station in Parang, Sulu, Philippines. At least two police officers were killed and two officers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of Abu Sayyaf Group.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Parang district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Philippine National Police (PNP)
Specific Description Station
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An M16 assault rifle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that local drug traffickers may have been involved in the attack. The victims included officers Arjun Putalan and Mudar Salamat.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"PNP Chief warns against possible attacks on police stations," Manila Bulletin, June 16, 2020.
"2 cops killed, 2 wounded in Sulu attack," Manila Bulletin, June 14, 2020.
"2 policemen killed, another 2 injured in Philippine attack," Xinhua News Agency, June 14, 2020.