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2 Abu Sayyaf members killed in Sulu clash with military

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Taullah Abdurasa, also known as Amah Ollah, and a certain Baby Ollah are killed in the clash

ARMY SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Police arrest alleged Abu Sayyaf member in Cebu

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:27 PM

According to Central Visayas police, the suspected Abu Sayyaf member has been working as a rice trader in Cebu for the past year

TERRORIST. Police arrrest an alleged member of Abu Sayyaf group in Cebu. Contributed photo

5 Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Indonesia's foreign ministry says it is working closely with Malaysian and Philippine authorities to rescue the crew, while urging other fishermen to avoid the area

INDONESIAN Indonesian fishermen push their boat after a fishing trip at Banda Aceh beach on October 22, 2018. Photo by  CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

2 Indonesians rescued from Abu Sayyaf

Dec 22, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Troops are trying to rescue one more Indonesian who remains in captivity

4 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed in Sulu clash

Dec 08, 2019 - 1:44 PM

A government soldier was also killed in the encounter with members of the ISIS-affiliated faction of the terror group blamed for suicide attacks earlier this year

Kidnapped couple Allan and Wilma Hyrons rescued from Abu Sayyaf

Nov 25, 2019 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) Three days of clashes between the military and the bandit group leads to the rescue of the couple, who were kidnapped in Zamboanga del Sur on October 4

RESCUED. Kidnapped couple Allan and Wilma Hyrons photographed after their rescue from their captors, the Abu Sayyaf Group, in Sulu. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army 11th Infantry Division

6 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed in Sulu clashes – military

Nov 25, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Among the casualties is a leading suspect in kidnappings in Tawi-Tawi and Sabah, the military says

ARMY TROOPS clashed with the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu over the weekend, killing 6 bandits and wounding several others. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

ISIS liaison to Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu clash

Nov 23, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Talha Jumsah or Abu Talha is an ISIS-trained bomb expert who 'served as an instructor to the ASG in the fabrication of more lethal and destructive IEDs' used in suicide bombings, says Joint Task Force Sulu

BOMB EXPERT. Talha Jumsah or Abu Talha is killed in a clash with the government troops in Sitio Tubig Amu, Barangay Tanum, Patikul, Sulu  on November 22, 2019.  Photo from Joint Task Force Sulu

DNA tests on Sulu suicide bombers confirm Abu Sayyaf’s ISIS links – military

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The foreign suspects killed in separate incidents in Sulu were ISIS terrorists working for the Abu Sayyaf's Sawadjaan faction, the military says

SUICIDE VESTS. These explosive vests were recovered from 3 suspected suicide bombers killed in a clash with Philippine Army troops in Indanan, Sulu, on November 5, 2019. Photo from AFP Joint Task Force Sulu

Basilan sends Abu Sayyaf surrenderers to various cities to learn livelihood

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna

EXPOSURE TOUR. Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna. Photo from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Q&A: Is General Sobejana the one to end the Abu Sayyaf?

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In this wide-ranging interview, Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana talks to Rappler about foreign fighters in Mindanao, suicide bombers in Sulu, and the prospects for peace

FOCUS ON BANGSAMORO. Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana promises to focus on the Bangsamoro region in the remaining two years of his military career. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Army foils Abu Sayyaf bomb plot in Basilan

Oct 16, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Army troops recover 6 improvised explosive devices after a clash with more than a dozen Abu Sayyaf bandits

IEDS. While scouring the encounter site, troops found these improvised explosive devices. Photo from Westmincom

Abu Sayyaf terrorist killed in Sulu clash was planning suicide attack – military

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The military says Nanz Sawadjaan, nephew of ISIS' leader in the Philippines, would have become a suicide bomber if he had not been killed in a raid on Tuesday, September 10

FOCUSED OPERATIONS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has launched a series of operations targeting the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Nephew of pro-ISIS Abu Sayyaf leader killed in Sulu – military

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) Nanz Sawadjaan, nephew of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, is killed in a firefight with government troops. His death is a 'great loss' to the Abu Sayyaf Group, says the military.

TERRORIST CAMP. Philippine Army troops overran a lair of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu, after a firefight on Tuesday, September 10. Photo courtesy of AFP Western Mindanao Command

U.S. puts Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Sawadjaan on global terror list

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Along with Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan – who is said to be the leader of the Islamic State in the Philippines – a female named Almaida Marani Salvin is also included on the United States' blacklist

ON GUARD. Philippine Army soldiers survived a terror attack in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, September 8, because of tactics drawn from past deadly bombings. File photo of soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Female ‘suicide bomber’ in Sulu blast was from Abu Sayyaf – military

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command says terror groups in Mindanao could be weakening, while an analyst says they are evolving and could launch devastating attacks in the future

LESSONS LEARNED. Philippine Army soldiers survived a terror attack in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, September 8, because of tactics drawn from past deadly bombings. File photo of soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Suspected suicide bomber attacks Sulu military camp

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Joint Task Force Sulu commander Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr blames the Abu Sayyaf Group for the bombing

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

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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

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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