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More countries affected by terrorism even as deaths fall – index

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:12 PM

The 2019 Global Terrorism Index notes that while 'the intensity of terrorism has declined... terrorism is still widespread and increasing'

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

[OPINION] Before the fall: Remembering the casualties of the Berlin Wall

Nov 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I am reminded of new barriers rising around the world

BERLIN WALL. Scenes and sights of the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall. Photos by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

1 Filipino, 2 Egyptian ‘suicide bombers’ killed in army clash in Sulu – AFP

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:59 PM

Philippine Army troops intercepted the 3 suspects, believed to be from the Abu Sayyaf Group, at a checkpoint in Indanan town on Tuesday afternoon

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

The dead and the living: This week's outlook

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:14 AM

In the Philippines, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death will likely have little operational impact on the recruitment and plans of terrorists, who thrive on our porous backdoor and fertile areas for agitation

Revenge attacks by pro-ISIS groups ‘very likely’ after Baghdadi killing – analyst

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:31 PM

The death of ISIS' top leader in the Middle East may shift extremists' attention closer to home as they try to avenge his death and assert their influence, says leading terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna

TERRORIST KILLED. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, addressing worshippers at a mosque in the ISIS-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Defining terrorism: Why it matters for counterterrorism efforts

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:33 PM

Without a shared definition of the term 'terrorism,' the old problem of 'one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter' will emerge

Macron vows 'unrelenting fight' against Islamist terror after police killings

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Reports say that a USB key containing details on dozens of Mickael Harpon's police colleagues has been found among his possessions

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a ceremony at The Prefecture de Police de Paris (Paris Police Headquarters) in Paris on October 8, 2019, held to pay respects to the victims of an attack at the prefecture on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Facebook taps London police to track terror livestreams

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The alliance is a new collaboration with crime fighters to train software to more quickly spot and filter violent imagery fed to the platform by 'dangerous' groups

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


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

FAST FACTS: Terrorism in the Philippines

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The world commemorates the 9/11 attacks that happened in the US 18 years ago. What has been the situation in the Philippines since then?

A bombed-out mosque stands in what was the main battle area in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on October 25, 2017, days after the military declared the fighting against IS-inspired Muslim militants over.  Philippine troops of a southern Philippine city where Islamic State supporters waged a brutal five-month battle began leaving Marawi on October 25, as a group of journalists were given the first ever press tour of the devastated city. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Military pushes proposal to amend 'weak' anti-terrorism law

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls for more drastic powers against terror suspects as Congress moves forward with amending the Human Security Act of 2007

TOUGHER LAW. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

‘Security before human rights’: Lorenzana wants tougher law vs terrorism

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The defense chief wants longer warrantless detention for terror suspects to give security agencies more time to build cases against them

SECURITY FIRST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Norway mosque 'terror attack' suspect remanded in custody

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) The man is formally suspected of murdering his 17-year-old stepsister, and of a 'terrorist act' at the Al-Noor mosque

Reports on Sri Lankan terrorists in PH doubtful – AFP

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Reports of terrorists from Sri Lanka slipping into the Philippines and preparing for attacks in Luzon appear to be a family feud 'gone awry'

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

AFP verifying reports of Sri Lankan terrorists in PH

Aug 10, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The military is on heightened alert as it verifies pieces of information about alleged terror threats to churches and other establishments in Luzon

ON ALERT. Military and police personnel at a ceremony on May 7, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Nigeria insists Boko Haram 'defeated' after 10-year insurgency

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:33 PM

'The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated,' says Nigeria's presidency

BUHARI. In this file photo, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari looks on as he attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea, in Jordan on April 6, 2019. File photo by KhalilMazraawi/AFP

12 terrorists killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the suspects were plotting bomb attacks in populous and urban areas

TERROR THREAT. The 5-month siege of Marawi City in 2017 exemplifies the existing threat of terrorism in the Philippines. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bahrain executes 2 Shiites on terror charges

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Two men are put to death by firing squad after being sentenced to death in January 2018 on terror charges

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)

Expect little talk on security issues in Duterte’s SONA – analysts

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Security threats like terrorism and Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea won't figure much in Duterte's yearly address but most Filipinos won't mind it, analysts say

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes an officer as he prepares to board a plane bound for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on April 24, 2019. Malacañang photo

U.S. pledges more help to Philippines' fight vs terrorism

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Officials from both countries agree to deepen counterterrorism cooperation as the Philippines grapples with the emergence of suicide attacks

FIGHTING TERROR. The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

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

Tunisia says suspected mastermind of June 27 bombings dead

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Tunisian interior ministry say police tracked the suspect down to the working class suburb of Intilaka where he detonated a suicide vest

Tunisian security forces tighten security measures outside a metro station near the bus stop where a man reportedly wearing an explosive belt blew himself up in the early hours of July 3, 2019 in the capital Tunis, after being chased by police. The Tunisian interior ministry said a jihadist, on the run for two days, was killed on July 3 in the western Tunis neighbourhood of Cité Intilaka while security forces were chasing him to detain him. The official sources said the suspect blew himself up during the police operation. 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

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

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

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

Jihadist attacks kill 17 Syria pro-regime fighters

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:29 PM

The assaults are done by Al-Qaeda's former Syria branch, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, and its ally Hurras al-Deen, which remains affiliated to the global jihadist network

15 die as Sri Lanka forces raid Islamist hideout – police

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The 3 men set off explosives killing 3 women and 6 children inside what was believed to an Islamist safe house near the eastern town of Kalmunai, Sri Lanka

RAID. Soldiers evacuate an injured child after they raid what believed to be an Islamist safe house in the eastern town of Kalmunai on April 27, 2019. AFP Photo

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

Pakistan says gunmen behind killing of 14 based in Iran

Apr 20, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Pakistan hopes Iran 'will take a swift action against the Baloch terrorist outfits,' says Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

RESPONSE. In this file photo, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addresses a press conference in Multan on April 7, 2019. Photo by SS Mirza/AFP

Belgian man charged with terrorism offense

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Belgian federal prosecutors say the suspect, identified as Jimmy K, was formally charged on Sunday following reports of his arrest south of the capital Brussels on Saturday

Iran president says U.S. 'leader of world terrorism'

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:57 PM

'Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asks in a speech broadcast live by state television

IRAN REACTS. President Hassan Rouhani says that the United States is the real 'leader of world terrorism' after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a 'foreign terrorist organization.' AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Dutch tram gunman to be charged with 'terrorist' killings

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Three people were killed and 7 others wounded after the shooting rampage on a tram in the central Dutch city

TRAM SHOOTING. Police forces walk near a tram at the 24 Oktoberplace in Utrecht, on March 18, 2019 where a shooting took place. File photo by Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP

4 killed in Lanao del Sur clash

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Army troops clash with the group under the command of Owayda Benito Marohomsar alias Abu Dar

Civilian deaths in Afghan war hit record in 2018

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:35 PM

There were 3,804 people killed and another 7,189 wounded in Afghanistan in 2018, says the United Nations

AFTERMATH. Afghan volunteers carry a body at the scene of a car bomb that exploded in front of the old Ministry of Interior Affairs in Kabul on January 27, 2018. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The promise comes as fallout from a suicide bomb attack that India has blamed on Pakistan overshadows the latest leg of the crown prince's tour aiming to boost his country's image

AGREEMENT. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks on during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 20, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Jihadists sentenced to life for deadly 2015 Tunisia attacks

Feb 09, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The jihadists are sent to prison for attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 18, 2015, tunisian security forces secure the area after gunmen attacked Tunis' famed Bardo Museum on March 18, 2015. At least seven foreigners and a Tunisian were killed in an attack by two men armed with assault rifles on the museum, the interior ministry said. - A Tunisian court was poised to give verdicts on February 8, 2019, in the trials of suspects in deadly jihadist attacks on the capital's Bardo museum and on a beach in the tourist resort of Sousse, lawyers told AFP. The court first reopened the trial into the March 18, 2015 attack by two assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles on the Bardo that killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian security guard. (Photo by Fethi Belaid / AFP)

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

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

'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by AFP

Kenyan president says Nairobi attack over as 'terrorists' killed

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'I can confirm that... the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated,' says Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan special forces take position outside a hotel complex following an explosion in Nairobi's Westlands suburb on January 15, 2019, in Kenya. The Al-Shabaab Islamist group in Somalia claimed responsibility for an ongoing attack in the Kenyan capital, according to the SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist activities. Luis TATO / AFP

[ANALYSIS] Global threat forecast 2019

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Harnessing both the physical and virtual space, ISIS continues to present an enduring threat worldwide

Malacañang on 'ISIS-inspired' Cotabato blast: Do not speculate

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr also tells the public to be more 'sober' in dealing with rumors and calls the incident an 'isolated case'

BLAST. Two people died while 34 were injured in an explosion in a mall in Cotabato City on December 31, 2018. Sourced photo

Mali says foiled New Year's Eve terror attacks

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Authorities say the suspects earlier 'took part in the double attack on March 2 in Ouagadougou' as well as the abduction of a Colombian nun in February 2017 in southern Mali

U.S. embassy in DR Congo warns of 'possible terrorist threat'

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:33 PM

American authorities urge its citizens to 'keep a low profile' as crucial election in the crisis-gripped central African nation approaches

Muslim leaders reject Australia PM's terror comments

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:47 PM

The Australian Grand Mufti and other senior Muslim figures in Australia say they are 'deeply concerned and disappointed' with comments by Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. - Morrison on October 22 issued an emotive apology to children who suffered sexual abuse, saying the state had failed to protect them from "evil dark" crimes committed over decades. (Photo by SEAN DAVEY / AFP)

Duterte EO adopts strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The strategy is to be implemented by government agencies from 2018 to 2022