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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
Date4 April 1995
Attack type
Armed assault; Terrorism; Mass murder
WeaponsAutomatic weapons, Grenades and Rocket Propelled Grenades
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorsAbu 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.