Incident Summary:

10/31/2020: Assailants attempted to attack a COVID-19 quarantine checkpoint in Pangi, Surigao del Sur, Philippines. Security forces responded to the attempted attack; killing four assailants and injuring an unknown number of assailants. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the New People's Army (NPA).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Surigao del Sur


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 COVID-19 Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Grenade launchers, M16 and AK-47 assault rifles, and .22-caliber 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"4 NPA fighters killed in Surigao gunfight," Tempo, November 2, 2020.
"4 NPAs killed, scores wounded in Surigao," Manila Bulletin, November 2, 2020.
"3 NPA rebels killed in Surigao Sur clash," Mindanao Gold Star Daily, November 2, 2020.