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CAFGU member killed, 4 wounded in Basilan Abu Sayyaf attack

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Authorities say CAFGU Active Auxillaries member Norman Aramal was on his post rendering duty when he was attacked by an Abu Sayyaf Group led by Pasil Bayali

VICTIMS. A vicitm of the Abu Sayyaf attack in Basilan on July 14, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Suicide attacks emerge in Philippines under ISIS influence

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Security analysts say the apparent suicide bombings in the country over the past 12 months are a worrying escalation of militancy driven by the influence of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia

RUBBLE. A bombed-out mosque stands in what was the main battle area in Marawi City. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

AFP: 'High possibility' Sulu blasts were suicide attacks

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) Investigators have also yet to determine whether any of the attackers were Filipino

STILL HESITANT. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018, on issues of Mandatory ROTC and Martial Law extension. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suicide bombing? Attack on Sulu military camp similar to Jolo Cathedral blast

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The military identifies Abu Sayyaf Group leader Hatib Sawadjaan as the mastermind of the attacks. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

BLAST SITE. Twin bombings hit a military camp in Indanan, Sulu, on June 28, 2019. Sourced photo

ISIS claims suicide attack on Sulu military camp

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) ISIS claimed the bombing was the work of two suicide attackers, according to Rita Katz, the director of SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist activities worldwide

SUICIDE BOMBERS? ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings on a military camp in Sulu, supposedly carried out by these two local affiliates. Screengrab from Twitter page of Rita Katz

Battle-scarred Philippine general leads military command fighting terrorists

Jun 28, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Major General Cirilito Sobejana assumes command of the military's Western Mindanao Command on Friday, June 28

MEDAL OF VALOR. Major General Cirilito Sobejana assumes command of the Western Mindanao Command on June 28, 2019. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf frees 9 fishermen seized off Borneo

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The Abu Sayyaf group releases the fishermen off the coast of Jolo island on Friday, June 21

Abu Sayyaf's Dutch hostage killed in firefight in Sulu

May 31, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Western Mindanao Command says the Abu Sayyaf killed Dutch birdwatcher Ewold Horn as he tried to escape during a firefight with government troops

This undated handout photo released by Tawi-Tawi police on February 3, 2012 shows bird watcher Dutchman Ewold Horn posing for photo in Tawi-Tawi prior to their abduction. Philippine authorities said February 2, 2012 they had failed to find two European birdwatchers in the crucial 24 hours after their abduction and warned Islamic militants may be holding them. AFP PHOTO/TAWI-TAWI POLICE ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Tawi-Tawi Police --- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS STR / TAWI-TAWI POLICE / AFP

PNP: High-ranking Abu Sayyaf member nabbed in Quezon City

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:32 AM

The police arrest Abuhair Kullim Indal for his alleged involvement in a 2001 kidnapping

'TRUSTED MAN.' Abuhair Kullim Indal is arrested in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Fisherman held hostage by Abu Sayyaf drowns in escape bid

Apr 06, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Abu Sayyaf flees southern island of Simusa in Sulu and brings their hostages with them

7 killed in clash between gov’t troops, Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The military says 3 soldiers and 4 Abu Sayyaf members were killed during an 'intense' half-hour firefight in Patikul, Sulu

Malacañang rejects Abu Sayyaf's ransom demand for foreign hostages

Feb 22, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'We stand firm on our no ransom policy,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, reacting to the Abu Sayyaf Group's threat to behead two Indonesians and one Malaysian if ransom is not paid

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

1 soldier killed, 3 others wounded in Sulu clash vs Abu Sayyaf

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The offensive is part of the military's intensified operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group after the deadly Jolo Cathedral bombing

Abu Sayyaf leader Sawadjaan 'mastermind' in Jolo Cathedral bombing | Evening wRap

Feb 04, 2019 - 8:46 PM

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Abu Sayyaf leader Sawadjaan 'mastermind' in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Feb 04, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan was last seen on February 2, when the Philippine Army clashed with around 100 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu

WRECKED. The Jolo Cathedral after the twin blasts on Sunday morning, January 27. Photo from Rappler sources in Sulu

5 gov’t troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Feb 02, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Troops engage in an 'intense firefight' with Abu Sayyaf members under Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, believed to be involved in the Jolo cathedral bombing

Jolo bombing: Grade 11 student wrongly tagged as Abu Sayyaf leader's brother

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) He is only 18 years old

WRONG TAG? The military announces that the heavily scrutinized man wearing a bun and a blue-green jacket is actually a grade 11 student. Westmincom video screenshot

Duterte: Crush Abu Sayyaf by whatever means | Evening wRap

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

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Duterte in Jolo: Crush Abu Sayyaf by whatever means

Jan 29, 2019 - 3:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appears to blame the Abu Sayyaf and ISIS for the twin explosions in the Jolo Cathedral

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pays his last respects to one of the victims who died during the twin bombings at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu as he visited Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo on January 28, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Police, military to jointly probe into gunrunners controversy

Dec 17, 2018 - 7:56 PM

The gunrunners are said to have gotten ammunition from the AFP's armory in Fort Magsaysay through a 'retired soldier'

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LOOK: AFP guns, ammo found with rebel groups suppliers

Dec 17, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Police confiscate guns and ammunition worth up to P1.2 million in boxes marked 'Philippine Army'. These are seized from alleged smugglers for the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group

SMUGGLED FROM WITHIN? The confiscated bullets and guns are presented in Camp Crame on Monday, December 17. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Guns, bullets seized from rebel suppliers traced to military

Dec 17, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The PNP says the firearms and ammunition in the boxes are labeled 'AFP', 'GOVERNMENT PROPERTY,' and 'PHILIPPINE ARMY'

MILITARY EQUIPMENT. The confiscated bullets and guns are presented in Camp Crame on Monday, December 17. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

HOAX: Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron 'already surrendered'

Dec 10, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Joint Task Force Sulu, through its official Facebook page, says Radullan Sahiron remains at large

Military's 2022 plan: New army division vs Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Dec 05, 2018 - 6:46 PM

The 11th Infantry Division will focus on the island province of Sulu, which has been a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf and other terror groups

MORE TROOPS. Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion in a file photo during a battalion formation at its headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Woman, child killed in Zamboanga encounter between troops, Abu Sayyaf

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Colonel Leonel Nicolas, commander of Taskforce Zamboanga, says an Abu Sayyaf member was also killed during the clash in Limaong Island

5 soldiers killed in Sulu while rescuing hostages from Abu Sayyaf

Nov 17, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The Abu Sayyaf is now believed to hold 'less than 10' hostages, according to the military

KILLED. 5 Filipino soldiers were killed on November 16, 2018, in Jolo, Sulu, while rescuing hostages from terror group Abu Sayyaf.

3 Marines, 1 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu clash

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Troops from the 61st, 62nd, and 64th Marine Companies clash with the Abu Sayyaf in Barangay Timpook, Patikul

Were 7 killed in Sulu encounter Abu Sayyaf or not?

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Soldiers say it was an encounter, while a Moro rights group says it was a summary execution

Cops nab 8 suspects in Basilan bombing

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:53 AM

10 others remain at large, including Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama

The week in photos: July 28-August 3, 2018

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIETNAM ATTRACTION. Visitors walk along the 150-meter long Cau Vang "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills near Danang on July 31, 2018.  Photo by Linh Pham/AFP

Basilan car blast: Furuji Indama unleashes terror even in hiding

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:36 AM

Does the blast indicate the Abu Sayyaf has now trained local suicide bombers in Basilan?

Screenshots from video of Richard Falcatan

Basilan blast 'looks like a suicide bombing' – Lorenzana

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(4th UPDATE) The first reported suicide bombing in the Philippines occurred in Cotabato City in 1997

ON BASILAN BLAST. In this file photo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana delivers his speech during the flag raising ceremony at the DND headquarters on Monday, June 11, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf behind Basilan van blast

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) The military immediately tags Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama as the one who plotted it

Duterte to Abu Sayyaf: 'Let's talk'

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:09 AM

A day after signing the Bangsamoro law, President Rodrigo Duterte appeals to terror groups not to spark any conflict while the Bangsamoro government is being set up

PROVINCIAL VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte keynotes the â€69th Araw ng Ipil†at the Ipil Municipal Plaza in Zamboanga Sibugay  on July 26, 2018. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

2 Scout Rangers killed in Sulu rescue mission

May 14, 2018 - 11:06 AM

10 Abu Sayyaf bandits are believed to have been killed as the military steps up its offensive after the group kidnapped two female cops

KIDNAPPED. Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvares and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad are kidnapped in Sulu. Sourced photo

Barangay chairman bet in Basilan, 3 others killed in own home

Apr 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

It's a suspected case of election violence. The military says it has not linked the attack so far to the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Another Abu Sayyaf leader surrenders in Basilan – WestMinCom

Mar 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the series of surrenders by Abu Sayyaf leaders signals the 'eventual collapse' of the terror group

Notorious sub leader in Basilan Nurhasan surrendered to government forces today at Barangay Sirongon , Mohammad Adjul along with his 13 followers. They are now at the custody of the Western Mindanao Command. Photo by Richard Falcatan

Gov't to give shelter, livelihood to Abu Sayyaf surrenderers

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'There is now an issued presidential directive...to include the Abu Sayyaf, not only the NPA rebels, in the government’s assistance [program],' says Deputy Peace Adviser Nabil Tan

GOVERNMENT AID. President Rodrigo Duterte tells Abu SAyyaf surrenderers that the government will help them get back on their feet during the presentation of firearms they turned over to the military in Patikul, Sulu, on March 26, 2018. Presidential Photo

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Feb 28, 2018 - 9:51 PM

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9 Abu Sayyaf, Maute inmates moved from Davao to Taguig

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The inmates face various charges, including terrorism, multiple murder, and kidnapping with homicide

2 more Abu Sayyaf members lay down arms

Feb 05, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Hasib Sarikin Mion and Hamdi Nor Bareo surrender to members of the 74th Infantry Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Templo in Barangay Macalang in Basilan

SURRENDERING ARMS. One of the two Abu Sayyaf members relinquishes his M1 Garand to the military. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Ombudsman clears De Lima in ‘empty’ Abu Sayyaf complaint

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:22 PM

De Lima, former Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan Sr, and 3 others are accused of conspiring to free from jail suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists but the Ombudsman says there is no probable cause for an indictment

Senator Leila De Lima during her press conference at Senate on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

Spanish 'militant sympathizer' arrested in Basilan

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, 20, who described himself as a tourist, was detained Monday, January 22, at an army checkpoint in Basilan, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group, authorities say

ARRESTED. Abdelhakim Labidi Adib (C) is escorted by Philippine soldiers as he arrives at the Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Manila on January 24, 2018. AFP photo

Setelah disekap satu tahun, 2 WNI bebas dari Abu Sayyaf di Filipina

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Pemerintah Indonesia selalu membantah membayar uang tebusan untuk membebaskan sandera

2 Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:28 PM

The two were snatched from their fishing vessel in the waters between the southern Philippines and Malaysia in November 2016

RELEASED. Two Indonesian fishermen captured in November 2016 were turned over to a former governor in Jolo. Photo by Rappler

Marawi rehab: The work ahead

Jan 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says it may take 4 years to completely rehabilitate the war-torn city

GHOST TOWN. A once busy street littered with war debris. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Local cops and navy intelligence officers arrest Baser Ahmad based on a warrant arrest issued by a court in Basilan

QC police arrest suspected ASG member charged with murder

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Police capture 35-year-old Abdulmuin Yahiya in Salaam Compound, Quezon City

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. QCPD cops nab suspected Abu Sayyaf Group member. QCPD photo

Why 1-year martial law extension? Security officials give different answers

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza argues that the request goes against the 'intention' of the framers of the 1987 Constitution 'that never again should any president be allowed to utilize martial law indefinitely'

MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Officials from the executive, including the security sector, defend their request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. Screenshot from the House livestream