Incident Summary:

09/16/2020: Assailants abducted Rex Triplet, a businessperson, in Sirawai district, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. The victim was rescued on September 30, 2020. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Zamboanga del Norte

Sirawai district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Farm Owner: Rex Susulan Triplet
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 14
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Pistols and rifles 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The perpetrators were reportedly allied with and led by Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) deputy, Injam Yadah. The victim, Rex Susulan Triplet, is also identified as an American. The victims of the attack included Triplet's wife, Celsa Maani Triplet.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"ASG tagged in kidnapping of Fil-Am falls," Manila Bulletin, October 28, 2020.
"PH military thanks Moro leaders for rescue of Zambo Norte kidnap victim," Philippines Daily Inquirer, October 1, 2020.
"P600,000-bounty offered for kidnapper of Fil-American," Manila Bulletin, September 22, 2020.