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1 dead, 6 injured in suicide bombing at Indonesian police station

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:48 PM

(UPDATED) The explosion occurs at around 8:45 am local time at the compound in Medan on Sumatra island during morning roll call

BOMBING. Indonesian police secure their headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, on November 13, 2019, after a suspected suicide attack occurred during their morning roll call. Photo by Rahmad Suryadi/AFP

Passenger arrested for bomb joke at Davao airport

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The incident also delays the departure of a Davao-Cebu flight on Sunday, November 3

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Ateneo de Manila campus gets bomb threats

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:15 AM

(UPDATED) The Ateneo de Manila University and the PNP conduct an evening and morning sweep of the campus, and find no irregularities

Indonesia marks Bali bombings anniversary

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Grieving families and representatives from several embassies lay flowers and lit incense sticks at a memorial in the popular tourist hub Kuta

Taliban car bomb flattens hospital as Afghan violence surges ahead of vote

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The surge in violence, with civilians paying the heaviest price, comes after US President Donald Trump called off talks with the Taliban

AFGHAN VIOLENCE. An Afghan security personnel looks on as he investigates the site where a Taliban car bomb detonated near an intelligence services building in Qalat in Zabul province on September 19, 2019. Photo by Javed Tanveer/AFP)

Mapua suspends classes due to 'bomb threat'

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Mapua University declares 'digital day' – all classes will be done online today

BOMB SCARE. Manila cops secure the vicinity of Mapua University in Intramuros, Manila, after a bomb scare on September 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

Pro-ISIS BIFF faction behind Isulan bomb attack – military

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The blast that wounded 8 people on September 7 was the group's way of gaining attention following setbacks from battles with government forces, says Western Mindanao's military commander

FOCUSED ATTACKS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines says it has driven out the Dawlah Islamiyah Torayfie Group from its strongholds in the Liguasan Marsh. 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

'NBA 2K20' review bombed on Steam, Metacritic

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The popular sports title is currently a target of negative review bombing on the online store and the reviews aggregator

NBA 2K20. Image from 2K Sports


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

DNA tests confirm Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:01 PM

'They shared DNA with their parents so it's them,' says Indonesian national police spokesperson Dedi Prasetyo

CONFIRMED. In this file photo, policemen and soldiers are seen in front of a Catholic Church, where the bombing took place in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Taliban kill at least 10 in 'horrifying' Kabul bombing

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) The car bomb blast shakes Shash Darak, a heavily fortified area adjacent to the Green Zone and home to several important complexes

AFTER THE BOMBING. A wounded man receives treatment at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul on September 5, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Germany asks Polish forgiveness 80 years after WWII outbreak

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:44 PM

'I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany's tyranny. And I ask forgiveness, says German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

THE WAR. In this file photo taken on September 06, 1939, Germans tanks cross a river into Polish territory. Nazi forces invade Poland from the west on September 1, 1939, prompting Britain and France to declare war on Berlin two days later. Photo by AFP

Paris attacks suspect charged over Brussels suicide bombings

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian-born French national who hails from the Brussels Molenbeek neighborhood, is charged with 'participating in the activities of a terrorist group'

CHARGED. In this file photo, prime suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam (2nd R) sits beside his alleged accomplice Sofiane Ayari (R) as they are surrounded by Belgian special police officers in the courtroom at the 'Palais de Justice' courthouse in Brussels for the opening of his trial, on February 5, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

At least 95 wounded in Taliban blast in Kabul

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:01 PM

The car bomb exploded near the entrance of a police station in western Kabul around 4:30 am GMT, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says

At least 34 killed as Afghan bus hits 'Taliban' bomb

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:11 PM

(UPDATED) The blast rips through a passenger bus on a main highway in Farah province, at around 0130 GMT, authorities say, killing mainly women and children

ROADSIDE BUS BOMBING. An Afghan man injured when a bus hit a roadside bomb on the Kandahar-Herat highway is treated by medical staff at a hospital in Herat on July 31, 2019. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Lorenzana: 7 ‘foreign terrorists’ may be in Jolo

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The country's defense chief confirms an earlier report that the suspects may be training suicide bombers for an ISIS-linked faction of the Abu Sayyaf

FOREIGN TERRORISTS. The war-torn city of Marawi was an example of the impact of foreign terror groups' influence on local extremists. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

At least 10 killed as 3 blasts rock Kabul

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The bombings come amid an increase in violence in Kabul and around Afghanistan, where the war is taking a continued toll even amid a US-led effort to make a peace deal with the Taliban

AFGHANISTAN BLAST. A boy walks past the wreckage of a bus following a suicide bombing in Kabul on July 25, 2019. Photo by AFP

AFP confirms report: Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

ISIS terrorists looking to carve out a territory in Southeast Asia present a challenge to the region's security forces, especially in the Philippines

JOLO ATTACK. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

Dismay, questions as Duterte SONA reduces Marawi terror siege to a drug issue

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:32 PM

President Duterte's framing of the Marawi siege as rooted in illegal drugs distracts from the real causes of terrorism, which are extremist ideology and social injustice

STILL DISPLACED. A Maranao woman walks by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4, 2019. (Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

AFP reports 7 'foreign terrorists' in Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The commander of the Armed Forces in Western Mindanao says the 7 suspects are grooming suicide bombers among local extremist groups

AT LARGE. This image from the main battle area of the 2017 siege of Marawi City is a grim reminder of the lingering terrorist presence in the Philippines. Rappler photo

Female suicide bomber kills 6 in northwest Pakistan

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The attack occurs at the entrance of a hospital in Kotlan Saidan village on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan

5 dead in suicide blast at Afghan wedding – official

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:22 PM

The Taliban, who have pledged to try to reduce civilian casualties, denies responsibility for the blast in Nangarhar province

After Sulu bombings, House working with intel units for SONA 2019 security

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

House Sergeant at Arms Romeo Prestoza says they have yet to detect any 'substantial' security threats for SONA 2019

SONA PREPS. House acting secretary-general Roberto Maling and sergeant-at-arms Romeo Prestoza hold a press conference on July 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

AFP, PNP: Filipino suicide bomber behind Sulu attack

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:35 PM

This is the first officially confirmed case of a suicide bombing in the Philippines perpetrated by a Filipino, and marks an escalation in terror tactics by local extremists

SUICIDE BOMBER. On July 10, 2019, the AFP and PNP announced that Norman Lasuca, a Filipino, was one of the suicide bombers behind the twin blasts in Indanan, Sulu on June 28, 2019, which killed at least 7 people. Photo from AFP WESTMINCOM

Sri Lanka court rejects Easter bomb murder charge against officials

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Police Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara and former defense secretary Hemasiri Fernando are represented in court after being arrested last week on charges their negligence led to the attacks

EASTER ATTACKS. A general view of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 29, 2019, a week after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Davao City eyes transparent garbage bins to avoid terror attack

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Task Force Davao commander Colonel Consolito Yecla says there will also be a 'No Jacket Policy' when approaching inspection areas during the Kadayawan festival

SAFETY PRECAUTION. Davao City is eyeing the use of transaprent garbage bins as a security measure following the suicide terror attacks in Sulu. Image from Shutterstock

Sri Lanka police chief arrested over Easter attacks failures

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:11 PM

An official says Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara and former defense secretary Hemasiri Fernando were at different hospitals undergoing treatment when detectives arrested them

EASTER ATTACKS. Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

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

Police chief faces crimes against humanity charge over Sri Lanka attacks

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'Their negligence amounts to what is known under international law to be grave crimes against humanity,' says Attorney General Dappula de Livera

EASTER BOMBINGS. Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

At least 1 dead, 65 wounded as Taliban detonate car bomb in Kabul

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'Among the wounded, many children who were going to school,' according to a hospital statement

KABUL EXPLOSION. Afghan men walk on a road as smoke rises from the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on July 1, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP

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

30 killed in triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Three bombers detonate their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometers from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV

Bombed Catholic church in Sri Lanka attacks reopens

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith leads reconsecration of newly restored St Anthony's and says there were doubts whether the island could pull itself out of crisis after the coordinated suicide bombings on April 21

REOPENS. File photo of Sri Lankan navy personnel carry on repair works on the facade of St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 2, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Woman arrested for bomb joke at LRT 1 station

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:31 PM

If found guilty, the woman faces imprisonment of up to 5 years and fines of up to P40,000

ARRESTED. A woman is arrested for cracking a joke while her bag was inspected. Shutterstock photo

Sri Lanka Muslim ministers resign en masse over Easter bombings

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:21 PM

The resignations of 9 government legislators come after a Buddhist monk lawmaker supporting President Maithripala Sirisena demanded the sacking of 3 top Muslim politicians

EASTER BOMBINGS. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Police chief blames president for failing to prevent Sri Lanka attacks

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara cites 'serious communication gaps' between intelligence agencies and security arms of the government, all which fall under Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena

TRAGEDY. Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Sri Lanka to relax emergency in a month – president

May 27, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'The emergency was declared to deal with the immediate security situation. However, it will not be necessary to extend this any further,' says Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

STATE OF EMERGENCY. In this file photo, Sri Lankan navy personnel carry on repair works on the facade of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 2, 2019, after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka extends emergency a month after suicide bombings

May 22, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Sri Lanka's president issues a proclamation saying that the emergency will continue for another 30 days, citing 'public security'

SECURITY. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.  File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Sri Lanka DNA tests confirm Easter attacks ringleader was hotel bomber

May 22, 2019 - 7:34 AM

A Sri Lanka police spokesman says the government's main forensic laboratory matched Hashim's daughter's DNA with the remains of one of the bombers at the hotel

TRAGEDY. Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Britain at UN presses Russia to answer for Idlib hospital attacks

May 18, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The UN says at least 18 hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or damaged by air strikes and shelling over recent weeks, several of which were on UN "no target" lists that detail exact locations of the health facilities to the warring sides

AFTERMATH. A picture taken on May 5, 2019 shows in an underground hospital on the outskirts of the town of Hass, in the south of the jihadist-held Syrian province of Idlib. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour / AFP

4 dead, several injured in Somalia suicide bombing

May 14, 2019 - 8:09 PM

'A suicide bomber drove a car loaded with explosives into the entrance of Wardhigley District offices,' says security official Mohamed Samow

Turkish court hands down 53 life terms to 2013 bomber

May 13, 2019 - 7:12 PM

An Ankara court gives Yusuf Nazik 53 aggravated life sentences, one for each of his victims plus one for 'destroying the state's unity and integrity,' DHA news agency reports

YUSUF NAZIK. A grab taken from a video released on September 12, 2018 by Demiroren News Agency shows Turkish citizen Yusuf Nazik, the alleged chief suspect in a 2013 bombing on the border with its conflict-torn neighbour that left over 50 dead, delivering a speech after he was captured by the Turkish secret service. File photo by Demiroren News Agency/AFP

Sri Lanka town under curfew after anti-Muslim attacks

May 12, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Authorities say mobs are attacking Muslim-owned businesses

Cardinal condemns suicide bombings as Sri Lanka marks one week from attacks

Apr 28, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'What happened last Sunday is a great tragedy, an insult to humanity,' says Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo

PRAYERS. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Sri Lankan man who confronted bomber at church door remembered

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Ramesh Raju is one of 29 people that media reports say died in the blast at Zion, one of 3 churches and 3 hotels targeted by Jihadist bombers