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1995 Ipil massacre

Ipil massacre of 1995
Part of the Moro conflict
Ipil is located in Philippines
Ipil (Philippines)
Location of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines
Date 4 April 1995
Target Civilians
Attack type
Armed assault; Terrorism; Mass murder
Weapons Automatic weapons, Grenades and Rocket Propelled Grenades
Deaths 53
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Abu Sayyaf[1]

The 1995 Ipil massacre occurred on the morning of April 4, 1995, in the municipality of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay province when approximately 200 heavily armed Abu Sayyaf militants[1] fired upon residents, strafed civilian homes, plundered banks, took up to 30 hostages and then burned the centre of the town to the ground.[2][3]

The militants allegedly arrived in the town by boat and bus, and a number of them had been dressed in military fatigues

The town's Chief of Police was reportedly killed in the attack and close to a billion pesos were looted from eight commercial banks.[4] Army commandos pursued some rebel gunmen in nearby mountains while officials said that the rebels were looting farms and seizing civilians as "human shields" as they fled the town of [5] About 40 rebels, who may have taken hostages, were cornered in a school compound west of Ipil on the 6th of April when an elite army unit attacked. In the fighting that followed, the television station GMA reported, 11 civilians were killed.[5]


  1. ^ a b East, Robert (1 September 2014). "Terror Truncated: The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002". Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved 21 January 2018 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "Troops seek killers of 53 in Philippines". Ocala Star-Banner. 12 April 1995. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gunmen raid Philippine town, 100 dead". Times-Union. Associated Press. 4 April 1995. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "VICTORIA CALAGUIAN: Photojournalist". L.A. Zamboanga Times. December 22, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "World News Briefs; Filipino Troops Corner Rebels After Attack". New York Times. April 7, 1995. Retrieved March 23, 2010.