Incident Summary:

08/24/2020: A female suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden motorcycle at a grocery store where soldiers were buying supplies along Serrantes Street, in Walled City, Jolo, Sulu, Philippines. This was one of three related attacks in the area on this date. At least 16 people, including two assailants, were killed and 78 people were injured across two of the attacks. The victims included soldiers, police, and civilians. 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 along Serrantes Street, near Plaza Rizal, in Walled City neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Paradise Food
Specific Description Grocery Store
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Philippine National Police (PNP)
Specific Description Police Officers
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden motorcycle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 202008240014 and 202008240015.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) No
East Asia Division of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 39 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 39
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Military names Sulu attackers: Suicide bomber's widow, Abu Sayyaf leader's wife," ABS-CBN News, August 26, 2020.
"IS militants claim responsibility for Sulu blasts," Jakarta Post, August 25, 2020.
"Death toll from twin blasts in Philippines rises to 15," Anadolu Agency (AA), August 25, 2020.