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Philippine army may seek martial law return after suicide attacks

Twin blasts that killed 15 people in the volatile southern Philippines could both have been suicide bombings, the military said on Tuesday, representing an escalation of violence that the army chief said may require martial law to be re-imposed.

Maritime security forces beefed up as Abu Sayyaf strikes again

LESS THAN a week after the military reported the rescue of the last captive of the Abu Sayyaf Group, maritime security forces have again been reinforced as they pursue members of the kidnap-for-ransom gang who abducted five Indonesians fishermen over the weekend.

Last Abu Sayyaf captive rescued

THE LAST captive of the kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf Group was rescued Wednesday in Sulu, the military reported.

4 kidnap victims remain in Abu Sayyaf hands as Asian neighbors...

MARITIME AUTHORITIES from neighboring Asian countries are meeting in Manila on Dec. 18–19 to tackle security in the Sulu and Celebes Seas, where the Abu Sayyaf terror group is the biggest threat, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Briton, Filipino hostages rescued from Abu Sayyaf

SOLDIERS in southern Philippines rescued a British man and a Filipina from members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, a militant group linked to Islamic State, the Army said on Monday, after their captors fled during a military operation.

6 Abu Sayyaf killed, 7 soldiers wounded in weekend encounters in...

SIX MEMBERS of the Abu Sayyaf militant group were killed in continuing military operations over the weekend in the southern island of Sulu, the Western Mindanao Command WestMinCom) reported late Sunday.

3 Abu Sayyaf members arrested in Luzon

THREE ALLEGED members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention have been arrested in different parts of Luzon, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said in a statement on Tuesday.

1 Abu Sayyaf member killed, another caught in Sulu

MILITARY FORCES killed an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member and captured another following a gunfight in Sulu on Sunday.

3 killed, 1 child injured in Abu Sayyaf attack on Eid’l...

THREE PEOPLE were killed, including a two-year old child, while another was seriously injured in a shooting perpetrated by members of the Abu Sayyaf group on Monday morning, the military reported.

Abu Sayyaf bomber arrested in Zamboanga Sibugay

A KNOWN bomber of the Abu Sayyaf, identified as Isnaji Hasim, was arrested by joint military and police forces on July 24 in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.

NBI nabs Sayyaf men in JW kidnapping

GOVERNMENT agents arrested two members of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf Group accused of abducting members of a religious group in 2002.

9 Abu Sayyaf members surrender in Sulu; 1 killed in Basilan

NINE MEMBERS of the Abu Sayyaf Group yielded to troops of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion in Sulu last July 15, the military reported late Wednesday.

2 suspected Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in Taguig and Manila

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested two alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) involved in the 2001 Golden Harvest Kidnapping case in Basilan.

Reformation program launched in Basilan for ex-Abu Sayyaf members

A PROGRAM aimed at transforming the lives of 214 former members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was launched in Basilan Monday as part of government efforts to address violent extremism in this island province.

6 Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in various locations

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested six alleged members of the Abu Sayaff Group in separate operations conducted in Taguig City, Balanga City in Bataan, and Zamboanga City.

Another Abu Sayyaf member arrested in QC

ANOTHER MEMBER of the bandit Abu Sayyaf group and one of the suspects in the 2001 Golden Harvest Plantation kidnapping incident in Basilan was arrested in Quezon City last April 12.

Abu Sayyaf member involved in Jolo church bombing killed in military...

ONE OF the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members suspected to have facilitated the bombing of a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu last Jan. 27, identified as Barak Ingog, has been killed following an encounter with government forces in a remote part of the island province, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) reported late Monday.

Seven dead in clash between AFP troops, Abu Sayyaf

THREE soldiers and four pro-Islamic State militants were killed, and a total of 22 wounded during a brief, but intense, firefight on a remote southern island on Friday, the military said.

Military takes hold of Abu Sayyaf arms cache in Sulu

TROOPS found an arms cache of the Abu Sayyaf group in Patikul, Sulu on March 26 as military pursuit operations continue against the bandit group.

As military pursues Abu Sayyaf group, displaced Sulu residents get help...

THE SULU Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRROM) brought relief goods to displaced residents of the province on Monday as the military continues with its pursuit operations of the kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf group.

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member nabbed in Taguig

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI), along with the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force, arrested on March 6 an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) wanted for multiple counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in 2001.

Palace pushes for rescue of Indonesians, Malaysian taken hostage by Abu...

AS MALACAÑANG on Friday said authorities have been directed to rescue three hostages, one from Malaysia and two from Indonesia, being held by the Abu Sayyaf (a Philippine-based fundamentalist Islamic group), it reiterated that the government has a policy against paying ransom.

Abu Sayyaf suspect arrested in Manila

AN ABU SAYYAF Group (ASG) member wanted for kidnapping and illegal detention was arrested by the police on Sunday morning at Ermita, Manila.

Another Abu Sayyaf member surrenders in Sulu

A MEMBER of the Abu Sayyaf, described by the military as a follower of the militant group’s top leader Radulan Sahiron, surrendered and turned over his weapon on Feb. 10, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) reported on Tuesday.

Another Indonesian hostage rescued from Abu Sayyaf

ANOTHER Indonesian held by Abu Sayyaf militants was rescued in Sulu on Jan. 15. the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) reported yesterday.

Abu Sayyaf members convicted over kidnapping in 2000

A PASIG City court on Thursday convicted a brother of an Abu Sayyaf chieftain for kidnapping, including students and teachers, in Sumisip, Basilan on March 20, 2000.

Another 7 Abu Sayyaf members in Sulu surrender

A DAY after a new infantry was activated in the island province of Sulu to combat the Abu Sayyaf, seven members of the kidnap-for-ransom and extremist group turned themselves in to authorities.

Couple arrested for alleged illegal firearms supply to rebels, politicians

A COUPLE allegedly supplying firearms and ammunition to the Maute Group, Abu Sayyaf, and rouge politicians was arrested by the police along the North Luzon Expressway in Valenzuela City on Sunday evening.

Abu Sayyaf member in Samal raid convicted

A TAGUIG City court has convicted an Abu Sayyaf member for murder and homicide over the group’s attack on Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal in 2001.

5 soldiers killed, 24 wounded in weekend clashes with Abu Sayyaf

THE MILITARY lost five men and 24 others were wounded in two clashes with the bandit Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) on Friday and Saturday in the hinterlands of Patikul, Sulu amid intensified pursuit operations to rescue kidnap victims.

2 Abu Sayyaf killed, 4 others nabbed in Sulu

TWO MEMBERS of the notorious Abu Sayyaf bandit group were killed early morning of Oct. 10 when they resisted arrest by a combined team of the police and Joint Task Force-Sulu, according to a report released yesterday by the military’s Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom).

3 Indonesian captives released by Abu Sayyaf amid military pursuit

THREE INDONESIAN fishermen held by members of a notorious Islamist kidnap-for-ransom group have walked free 18 months after they were abducted off the southern Philippines, the military said on Sunday.

1 Abu Sayyaf killed in military operations to rescue kidnap victims

MILITARY FORCES conducting operations to rescue the remaining kidnap victims of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the hinterlands of Sulu had an encounter with some 60 members of the bandit group early Monday, which left one ASG dead.

Another Abu Sayyaf kidnap victim freed

A GOVERNMENT employee who was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in February was freed Monday morning in Patikul, Sulu, days after two...

11 Abu Sayyaf members, 3 soldiers killed in pursuit operations

ELEVEN MEMBERS of the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in separate encounters with the 5th Scout Ranger Battalion in Patikul, Sulu on...

Another civilian freed, 2 cops still held by Abu Sayyaf

ANOTHER CIVILIAN hostage of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was rescued on May 8 by the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 led by Lieutenant...

Civilian hostage freed by Abu Sayyaf

ONE OF the two civilians abducted with two police officers in Patikul, Sulu was released by the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group on May 5,...

Abu Sayyaf killed in military rescue operation

GOVERNMENT FORCES encountered on Monday morning about 70 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), led by sub-leaders Idang Susukan and Almujer Yadah, while...

Abu Sayyaf abducts 2 cops, 2 civilians

TWO POLICE officers were among the four individuals abducted in Patikul, Sulu on April 29, according to authorities. The two officers, identified as Police...

Police, civilians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

Two police officers were among the four individuals abducted in Patikul, Sulu on April 29. The two officers, identified as Police Officer 2 (PO2) Benierose...

Prosecutor says surrendering Abu Sayyaf members with criminal cases will not...

THE ZAMBOANGA Peninsula Regional Prosecutors’ Office has assured the public that only members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who had not been charged...

ARMM launches program for former Abu Sayyaf, BIFF members

THE AUTONOMOUS Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government launched in Basilan on Tuesday a program providing various interventions to former members of rebel groups....

3 suspected members of Abu Sayyaf face inquest

By Kristine Joy V. Patag Reporter THREE SUSPECTED members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were brought to the Department of Justice (DoJ) to undergo inquest...

Gov’t troops kill 4, arrest 2 in Western Mindanao

GOVERNMENT forces successfully neutralized six enemies and seized eight firearms in Western Mindanao within the past three days, authorities said. Last Thursday, troops of...

Our long hot summer of terror

By Francisco J. Lara, Jr. The past five years have seen the holy month of Ramadan transformed into one of the most violent periods of...