The 1995 Ipil massacre occurred on the morning of April 4, 1995, in the municipality of Ipil, then in Zamboanga del Sur province of the Philippines, 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 center of the town to the ground.[2][3]

Ipil massacre of 1995
Part of the Moro conflict
Ipil is located in Philippines
Ipil (Philippines)
Location of Ipil, Zamboanga del Sur (now in Zamboanga Sibugay), Philippines
Coordinates7°46′54″N 122°35′26″E / 7.781667°N 122.590556°E / 7.781667; 122.590556
DateApril 4, 1995
Attack type
Armed assault; Terrorism; Mass murder
WeaponsAutomatic weapons, Grenades and Rocket Propelled Grenades
PerpetratorsAbu Sayyaf[1]

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 April 6 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 (September 1, 2014). Terror Truncated: The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781443866699. Retrieved January 21, 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Troops seek killers of 53 in Philippines". Ocala Star-Banner. April 12, 1995. Archived from the original on October 17, 2021. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Gunmen raid Philippine town, 100 dead". Times-Union. Associated Press. April 4, 1995. Archived from the original on October 17, 2021. Retrieved May 27, 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". The New York Times. April 7, 1995. Retrieved March 23, 2010.