Incident Summary:

09/19/2020: Security forces discovered and defused an explosive device at the Jolo Pier in Walled City, Jolo, Sulu, Philippines. There were no reported casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Walled City neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Jolo Pier
Specific Description Offices of Port Authorities
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An explosive device constructed from a rifle grenade, two electric blasting caps, a spark plug, and concrete nails was 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
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 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
"Sulu bomb attack foiled," Philippine Star, September 20, 2020.
"Authorities find explosive materials in Jolo pier, nearly a month after twin blasts," ABS-CBN News, September 20, 2020.
"PH Coast Guard foil bomb attack in Sulu," Manila Bulletin, September 20, 2020.