2017 Bohol clashes

2017 Bohol clashes
Part of the Moro conflict
Pump boats used by Abu Sayyaf in 2017 Bohol attack.jpg
Pump boats used by Abu Sayyaf in the Bohol attack
Date11 April 2017 (initial clash)
22 April 2017 (subsequent clashes)
15 May 2017 (final clash)
LocationInabanga, Bohol, Philippines
StatusPhilippine victory; planned kidnapping of foreign tourists foiled
Belligerents

Philippines Philippines

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Commanders and leaders
Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
Oscar T. Lactao
Philippine National Police seal.svg Noli G. Taliño
Muammar Askali 
Abu Rami
Joselito Melloria 
Abu Alih
Units involved
Philippine Army
Philippine Navy
Philippine Air Force
Philippine National Police seal.svg Philippine National Police
Marakat Ansar Battalion (ASG)
Strength
1,000+11 militants
Casualties and losses
4 killed, 2 wounded11 killed
2 civilians killed, 425–700 individuals evacuated; more than a thousand displaced.[1]

The 2017 Bohol clashes were armed conflicts that took place in April and May 2017 between Philippine security forces and Moro ISIL-affiliated militants led by members of the Abu Sayyaf in Inabanga, Bohol, Philippines. Three Philippine Army soldiers, a policeman, four terrorists and two civilians were killed during the initial firefight. Subsequent firefights between the remaining militants and security forces resulted in the deaths of all the Abu Sayyaf insurgents. A ranking officer of the Philippine National Police linked to Abu Sayyaf attempted to rescue some of the insurgents but was arrested.

The clashes marked the first recorded operation of the Abu Sayyaf group in the Visayas region of the Philippines, far from their strongholds in the Sulu Archipelago.[2]

Background

Five days before the initial incident, the Armed Forces of the Philippines had detected the departure of a group of Abu Sayyaf from Indanan, Sulu bound for the Central Visayas. On 9 April 2017, the US Embassy in Manila issued a travel warning based on "credible" reports of kidnapping threats. A day before the first firefight, the AFP received reports of the presence of eleven armed men in three pump boats entering the Inabanga River in Bohol.[3]

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