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Aby Sayyaf behead soldier in Sulu after terrorists killed in Bohol

A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week by Abu Sayyaf terrorists was found beheaded in Sulu shortly after three members of the Islamic State-linked group were killed in a clash on Bohol. The head and body of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion was found in Patikul town,…



Duterte warns that he might “invade” Abu Sayyaf’s island stronghold

President Duterte warned today (Wednesday, April 19) that he might “invade” an island stronghold of Abu Sayyaf to “finish the game” following the foiled kidnapping raid on Bohol last week. The president also offered cash rewards for the capture, dead or alive, of six militants still at large following the…


Top Abu Sayyaf terror chief offers to surrender

In a fresh blow to the Abu Sayyaf terror group, the most senior leader in its Sulu stronghold wants to hand himself in, as government forces pummel his island stronghold. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, chief of the Western Mindanao Command, told The Philippine Star that Radulan Sahiron wants to turn himself in…


Twelve killed in clashes between army and communist rebels on eve of peace talks

Philippine troops clashed with communist rebels, leaving 10 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, military officials announced today (Friday, March 31). The deaths come just days before peace talks are due to resume, and in a week that has seen “lightning” rallies of Communist supporters across the Philippines. Major General Rhoderick Parayno…



Abu Sayyaf abducts two new hostages after army frees Malaysian victims

Abu Sayyaf militants abducted two crew members from a cargo ship today (Thursday, March 23) just hours after soldiers rescued two Malaysian hostages from their clutches. The vessel was on its way to General Santos City from the central Philippines when gunmen in three speed boats ambushed it, a coastguard…


Factsheet: The Abu Sayyaf terror group – who they are and what they do

This week’s beheading of German hostage Jurgen Kantner is just the latest atrocity carried out by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group. For years, the militants have maintained a reign of terror in the Southern Philippines, and beyond. Here is some of what is known about the gang: Abu Sayyaf — which translates as…


Police warning after Abu Sayyaf members spotted in Cebu

CEBU, Philippines – Police have released a report that several members of the Abu Sayyaf group were seen within the city limits of Cebu. City police say that at least six members of the Abu Sayyaf group arrived in Cebu and are being monitored by officers. The men are said to…


Abu Sayyaf Member Arrested in Quezon City

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A member of the notorious group Abu Sayyaf was hiding out in Quezon City and was arrested on Saturday under a warrant for arrest. Taken into custody was Amin Aklam, a hardened ASG member – he was arrested at 104 Cotabato St, Barangay Culiat, QC –…