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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.
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.
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).
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.
MILITARY FORCES killed an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member and captured another following a gunfight in Sulu on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ANOTHER Indonesian held by Abu Sayyaf militants was rescued in Sulu on Jan. 15. the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) reported yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 hostage of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was rescued on May 8 by the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 led by Lieutenant...
THE ZAMBOANGA Peninsula Regional Prosecutors’ Office has assured the public that only members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who had not been charged...
THE AUTONOMOUS Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government launched in Basilan on Tuesday a program providing various interventions to former members of rebel groups....