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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…


Troops recover body of beheaded German as noose closes on Abu Sayyaf

Philippine troops have found the remains of Jurgen Kantner as the army presses ahead with its bid to free 30 other captives of the Islamic State-affiliated terror group. Marines dug up the head and body of Mr Kantner yesterday (Saturday, March 4) in the mountainous region of Indanan town in Sulu province said regional military…



“Now he kills me”: Last words of German beheaded by Abu Sayyaf

German hostage Jurgen Kantner has been beheaded by Abu Sayyaf terrorists after the deadline for a $600,000 ransom demand passed on Saturday. The brief video was circulated on Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites It shows Mr Kantner, aged 70, sitting in a grassy clearing and…


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…