Incident Summary:

12/03/2020: Assailants attacked the town center of Datu Piang, Maguindanao, Philippines. There were no reported casualties. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for "illegal activities" conducted in the town, including the distribution of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs. Also, sources noted that one of the political officials in the region allegedly hired the services of the assailants to attack the town center to favor his political status. Additionally, local residents stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the arrest of the assailants' family members by the local police. Sources also attributed the attack to the Maute Group.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Datu Piang

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Specific Description Security Outpost
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Philippine National Police (PNP)
Specific Description Patrol Car
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description House
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Machine guns, assault rifles, and fire were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected the attack may have been related to a political rivalry.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Maute Group No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 50
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
"Sinas: 3 motives eyed in Maguindanao attack," Journal Online, December 5, 2020.
"BIFF gunmen storm Maguindanao town," Philippines Daily Inquirer, December 5, 2020.
"Pro-IS gunmen raid Maguindanao town," Manila Times (Philippines), December 5, 2020.