Joint Task Force Sulu - updates

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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

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

Sulu municipal mayor, execs surrender arms to military

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the JTF, calls the surrendering of the weapons and ammunition 'a good example to the government officials and the Tausogs... who are bearing arms illegally'

CIRILITO SOBEJANA. BGen Cirilito Sobejana, Medal of Valor recipient. Photo from Presidential Communications Group.

5 fishermen abducted in Sulu

Oct 15, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana says pursuit operations are underway against the kidnappers

ABDUCTED. Five fishermen have been abducted in the sea water vicinity of Pangutaran town in Sulu.

2 Indonesian kidnap victims rescued by Joint Task Force Sulu

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The two victims are identified as Saparuddin Koni and Sawal Maryam

Abu Sayyaf beheads soldier in Sulu

Apr 23, 2017 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED Kapareho nilang Tausug pero ginawa pa rin nila yung karumaldumal na pagpugot says Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana

Abu Sayyaf beheads Filipino hostage on Holy Thursday

Apr 16, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED The military says the victim Noel Besconde was reportedly very sick and apparently delay[ed] the movement of the local terrorist group

5 operations vs Abu Sayyaf that won medals for soldiers

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Sulu the troubled island in Mindanao is witness to the heroism of Filipino soldiers

COMBAT AWARDS. Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Flores leads the awardees in Sulu on Tuesday. Rappler photo

Body of beheaded German hostage found – military

Mar 04, 2017 - 11:39 PM

UPDATED The cadaver of Juergen Kantner is discovered by troops under Joint Task Force Sulu in Indanan town

ABDUCTED. German nationals Juergen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP

Rescue of Abu Sayyaf hostages continues amid beheading reports

Feb 26, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Chief presidential peace adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza receives a report that the local terrorist group has beheaded its German hostage but he says this is still unverified information

ABDUCTED. German nationals Juergen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP