SuperFerry 14 Bombing

The 2004 SuperFerry 14 bombing on February 27, 2004, was an Islamic terrorist attack that resulted in the sinking of the ferry SuperFerry 14 and the deaths of 116 people in the Philippines' deadliest terrorist attack and the world's deadliest terrorist attack at sea. Six children less than five years old, and nine children between six and 16 years of age were among the dead or missing, including six students on a championship team sent by schools in northern Mindanao to compete in a journalism contest.

At around half past midnight on February 27, 2004, just off El Fraile island, outside of Manila harbor, a bomb detonated on the Superferry 14, a passenger ferry bound from Manila to the southern Philippines. The blast and a subsequent fire killed at least 116 people, including six children less than five years old, and nine children between six and 16 years of age. At least 12 families lost multiple members, and at least 10 married couples died together.

In one case, three generations in a family died together, ranging from a 76-year-old grandfather to his three-year-old granddaughter.

Six of the children killed in the blast were students on a championship team sent by schools in northern Mindanao to compete in a journalism contest in Manila.

Divers searching for 118 people missing from a Philippine ferry that caught fire last week found body parts yesterday on the ruined vessel, from which 16 bodies have been recovered, an official said.

The divers could not tell if the body parts belonged to different people or were from the same person, coast guard chief Vice Admiral Arturo Gosingan said.

"Some pieces are just a hand, a leg, or even a head," Gosingan said, refusing to speculate why the bodies were in such a condition.

The Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility Sunday for an explosion on a ferry that sparked a fire and left 180 people missing, according to a radio report.

The Radio Mindanao Network, which the Aby Sayyaf has often called in the past, said group spokesman Abu Sulaiman said it was a revenge attack for alleged incidents of violence in the southern Mindandao area and victimization of Muslim woman.