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Ten Pakistanis detained trying to reach Abu Sayyaf stronghold without papers

Ten Pakistanis have been apprehending while attempting to reach the Abu Sayyaf stronghold of Basilan without any documentation, it was revealed today (Thursday, March 16). Coast guard spokesman Lieutenant Commander Alvin Dagalea said the Pakistanis, who identified themselves as businessmen and their wives, were about to catch a ferry from…


Islamic State plotting new terror stronghold in Mindanao

The leadership of the so-called Islamic State in Syria has contacted Abu Sayyaf terrorists instructing them to find a suitable area to found a caliphate in Mindinao. The Philippines defence minister Delfin Lorenzana shared the intelligence with journalists on Thursday (January 26). The announcement follows concerns raised by senior US…


Brit who planned to join Abu Sayyaf “just wanted to live off grid”

A British supermarket worker accused of trying to join Abu Sayyaf has claimed he was inspired to visit the Philippines by a TV show about living off grid. Ryan Counsell, aged 28, a white Muslim convert from Nottingham, had spent two years stockpiling military equipment for his trip with his…