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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…


Seven arrested in Sabah, Malaysia, over suspected links to the Islamic State

Five Filipinos and two Malaysians have been arrested in Sabah, Malaysia, over alleged links to so-called Islamic State (IS). Two Filipinos who are permanent residents of Sabah were arrested over allegations that they helped transport Indonesian and Malaysian IS terrorists to Mindanao. One was identified as a 31-year-old female immigration…


Ten Abu Sayyaf terrorists killed as Army closes net on group

A clash between the Army and Abu Sayyaf today (Friday, March 3) resulted in the death of 10 terrorists, including two grandsons of the group’s leader Radulan Sahiron. On the government side, 17 soldiers were injured in the clash, the second since the terror group beheaded German hostage Jurgen Kantner…


Suspected Abu Sayyaf pirates attack Vietnamese ship, kill one, kidnap seven

Abu Sayyaf are the prime suspects after gunmen attacked a Vietnamese ship, killing one crew member and abducting seven. Coastguard and marines rescued 17 Vietnamese crew members from the MV Giang Hai, which was attacked on Sunday (February 19) near Baguan Island in Tawi-Tawi, an area infested by the Islamic…


Special forces in race against time to rescue German from terror group

The Philippine Army is in a race against time in a bid to rescue kidnapped German sailor Jurgen Kantner from the clutches of Abu Sayyaf. The Islamic State-affiliated group released a sick video this week, threatening to behead the abducted sailor unless a ransom of 30 million pesos — $600,000…


Islamic State cash flows into Philippines disguised as OFW remittances

The Philippines defence minister has confirmed “very strong” links between the so-called Islamic State (IS) and home-grown militants such as Abu Sayyaf. Delfin Lorenzana said new intelligence had shown Muslim rebels had been communicating with IS, and funds were being transferred in the same way as overseas Filipino workers in…



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…