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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

Silent streets after dozens of children killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:56 PM

'These streets are usually full of children playing,' says Suraj Fernando, whose own 12-year-old grandson Enosh was among those killed. 'Now everybody is inside because they are sad and scared.'

Ranjeewa Silva 46, father of St Sebastian's Church suicide blast victim Enosh Silva, 12, cries next to Enosh's portrait at his house, in Negombo on April 24, 2019. The streets of Sri Lanka's Katuwapitiya should be full of the sound of children's games. But after deadly Easter attacks that killed at least 45 children, they have fallen silent.  LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP

Plans to develop 2002 Bali bombing site anger Australia

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Developers were granted permission to build on the site of the destroyed Sari Club in December last year

IN MEMORY. A foreign tourist looks at the name of victims on a monument for the Bali bombing at Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 23, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP

Sri Lanka Catholic churches halt public services over security fears

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities make fresh arrests and step up security measures as the government faces pressure over its failure to act on Indian intelligence warnings

Security personnel stand guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka began a day of national mourning on April 23 with three minutes of silence to honour more than 300 people killed in suicide bomb blasts that have been blamed on a local Islamist group. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Police arrest 13 for Sri Lanka blasts

Apr 22, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Reports say 13 men from the same radical group were arrested for the 8 attacks on Easter Sunday

BOMBINGS. 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. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

Sri Lanka blasts: What we know so far

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The series of blasts on Easter Sunday is one of the deadliest attacks in the island nation's history

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Taprobane restaurant at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend when the bombing took place

World leaders condemn deadly Sri Lanka blasts

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) A series of blasts ripped through several high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services on Sunday, April 21

Easter blasts at Sri Lanka churches, hotels kill at least 207

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

(7th UPDATE) Documents show that Sri Lanka's police chief issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit 'prominent churches'

BOMBING. 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. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Madrid skyscraper housing embassies evacuated over false bomb threat

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'It was finally determined that the threat was false. Everything goes back to normal,' the police say after searching the building

FALSE THREAT. Spanish police remove a cordon outside the Torre Espacio skyscraper at the Cuatro Torres (Four Towers) business park in Madrid on April 16, 2019. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Bomb kills 16, wounds 30 in southwest Pakistan

Apr 12, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) Senior police official Abdul Razaq Cheema says the blast took place in the Hazarganji neighbourhood of Quetta, Balochistan's capital

11 go on trial for Saint Petersburg train bombing

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Ten of the defendants are alleged to have acted as the bomber's accomplices, including by providing him with explosives and false documents

TRIAL. Eleven people accused of taking part in the 2017 terrorist attack on the Saint Petersburg metro are seen inside of a defendants' cage during a court hearing at the Leningrad District Military Court in Saint Petersburg on April 2, 2019. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

15 killed as Shabaab bomb busy Somali restaurant

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:16 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials and witnesses report bodies strewn on the ground as plumes of smoke rose high into the air after the bomb detonated on Mogadishu's Maka Al-Mukarama road

New Zealand police launch probe into bomb hoax that closed Dunedin airport

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

A New Zealand Defense Force ordinance team is brought in to neutralize the object, but the airfield didn't reopen until Monday morning

2 unidentified bodies in Jolo bombing male, female – PNP

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) The DNA test was conducted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory

CATHEDRAL BOMBING. Soldiers check the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after the church was rocked by two explosions .Photo by Nickee Butlangan/ AFP

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib – monitor

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:17 AM

The first blast is caused by a bomb planted under a car in the main city of the Idlib region, while a motorcycle bomb detonated after ambulances arrived at the scene of the first explosion

BOMBINGS. The wreckage of a car and a damaged building in the background are seen in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on February 18, 2019, following a double bomb attack. Photo by Muhammad Haj Kadour/AFP

Iran summons Pakistan envoy over suicide bombing

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:46 PM

An Iranian official at the ministry calls on Pakistan to quickly take the necessary steps for the identification and arrest of the attack's perpetrators

Jolo 'suicide bombers' left 10-year-old daughter in Sulu

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Citing intelligence data, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says the child is still in Sulu

CHILD IN SULU. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says the alleged suicide bombers left a daughter in Sulu. File photo from the Department of Tourism.

Duterte meets families of soldiers killed in Abu Sayyaf encounter, Jolo bombing

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The meeting in Davao City is one of the private activities President Rodrigo Duterte has busied himself with after a weekend of rumors of his death

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commiserates with the relatives of 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

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

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'Main suspect' in Jolo Cathedral bombing surrenders

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) Alias Kamah is identified as the brother of fallen Abu Sayyaf leader Surakah Ingog

AFTERMATH. Two bombs detonate at the Jolo, Sulu cathedral killing civilians hearing mass and Armed Forces personnel who later rushed to rescue survivors. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom