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Abu Sayyaf suspected after coast guard beats off pirate attack

The Philippine coast guard have foiled an attempted pirate attack on a cargo vessel by suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists. The attempted boarding yesterday (Tuesday, April 18) of the Doña Anabelle occurred off Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte about 50 miles to the north of the Sulu archipelago, the Islamic State-affiliated group’s…


Two suspected MILF members arrested after twin bomb blasts

Two suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members have been arrested today after twin bombings in Mindanao left more than a dozen people injured. Chief Superintendent Raul Supiter, director of Sultan Kudarat Provincial Office, said the first explosion took place yesterday (Monday, April 17) at 6.40pm on the rooftop of…


Communists claim Abu Sayyaf Bohol raid was CIA and army conspiracy

The Communist Party of the Philippines CPP has claimed that the recent Abu Sayyaf raid on Bohol was a conspiracy cooked by the American government and Philippine military. A statement released by the CCP today read: “The news stories regarding the supposed arrival and presence of members of the Abu…


Abu Sayyaf terrorists kill three militiamen, while others lay down arms

Three militiamen were killed while six special forces soldiers and 11 other militiamen were wounded in clashes with Islamic State-afilliated Abu Sayyaf Group in Sumisip, Basilan, this morning (Monday, April 10). Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokeswoman of the Western Mindanao Command, said the first encounter occurred at 7.15am in Barangay Cabcaban….


Battle-hardened Islamic State fighters plan to regroup in southern Philippines

Battle-hardened Southeast Asian Islamic State fighters fleeing the Middle East are planning to regroup in the southern Philippines, a security conference was told today (Tuesday, April 4). Instability and the easy flow of weapons have made south-west Mindanao and nearby Philippine islands attractive to extremist groups, said speakers at the Milipol…




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…