Incident Summary:

08/26/2020: Assailants refused to stop at a security checkpoint, sped off, and engaged in a fire fight along Cotabato-Davao highway in Datu Montawal, Maguindanao, Philippines. One of the assailants was killed and security forces neutralized an explosive device he was carrying. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, sources attributed the attack to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Datu Montawal

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Cotabato-Davao highway.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Philippine Army (PA)
Specific Description Soldiers
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 Remote Trigger
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive device consisting of a rifle grenade, cut nails and metal sheets as shrapnel, and a mobile phone detonator and a .45-caliber pistol 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) Bungos Faction No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man carrying bomb killed in gunfight with soldiers in Maguindanao town," Cebu Daily News, August 26, 2020.
"Soldiers kill IED courier on a bombing mission in Maguindanao," Philippine Star, August 26, 2020.
"Philippines Bomber slain, bombing plot foiled in Maguindanao," Asia News Monitor, August 27, 2020.