Troops from Northern Luzon deployed to Sulu, Zampen

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Sept) — About a thousand soldiers from Northern Luzon were deployed Sunday to Sulu while two Army battalions from the same region were deployed to the Zamboanga… »

Abu bandits free midwife in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released Tuesday a government health worker they seized last month in the province of Sulu, military officials disclosed Wednesday. Released was… »

Army captain, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 September) – A junior Army officer and two militiamen were killed by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in two separate incidents Saturday in the hinterlands of Basilan province,… »

BIFF links up with ISIS, assures Mindanao Christians not to worry

SOMEWHERE IN MAGUINDANAO (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – The breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) announced today they are joining forces with the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group. But BIFF… »

10 soldiers injured in Basilan ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 August) – Ten government soldiers were injured in an ambush Thursday staged by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in the province of Basilan, the military said. Capt. Franco… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let’s have all-out law enforcement

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 August)–It’s been a decade and a half since Pres. Joseph Ejercito “Erap” Estrada embarked on a reckless course in Mindanao—by declaring “All-Out War” against the… »

Kidnap victim released in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 August) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released Monday one of two women they seized last Sunday in the town of Patikul, Sulu, a military official… »

Sulu ambush fatalities surge to 23; Abu Sayyaf drug addicts suspected

ISABELA CITY, Basilan (MindaNews / 29 July) – Fatalities in last Monday’s ambush by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu have risen to 23 as the police suspected that the perpetrators… »

16 killed, 13 wounded in Sulu ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 July) – Gunmen believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits staged an ambush early Monday killing 16 people and wounding 13 others in Sulu, a military official said.… »

3 Abu Sayyafs, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – Five people, one of them a suspected Abu Sayyaf leader, were killed while eight others were wounded in a 30-minute firefight in Basilan province, the… »

2 DSWD workers seized in Sulu freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – Two workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu were released over the weekend, a police… »

Abu Sayyaf bandits seize 3 DSWD workers in Sulu

ZAMBONGA CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – Gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits abducted Thursday three government workers in the province of Sulu, a police official said. Senior Supt. Abraham Orbita,… »

2 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits face illegal explosive raps

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 July) – The Department of Justice filed criminal charges on Thursday against two suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits who were arrested recently in this city, the police reported… »

Marine troops overrun Abu Sayyaf camp

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 3 July) – Government forces captured on Monday an alleged Abu Sayyaf camp following intense fighting in the hinterlands of Patikul, Sulu, belated reports said. Brig.… »

Zambo businesswoman freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – Kidnappers suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits released Wednesday the businesswoman they seized more than four months ago in this city following a… »

Military, police foil kidnap attempts in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – Kidnapping attempts were foiled after government forces arrested four suspected Abu Sayyaf members, including a financier, in two separate raids in this city,… »

7 Marines killed in Sulu clash, military claims killing 10 Abus

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 June) – Seven Marines were killed while 24 others were wounded in a clash with Abu Sayyaf members in Sulu Thursday morning, the military reported.… »

Troops capture suspected Abu member in Siocon

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/25 May) – Joint police and military operatives captured on Thursday a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group following a brief chase and shootout in Siocon, Zamboanga… »

Sayyaf bomb plot in Zambo intercepted–police

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 May) – Authorities intercepted a plan to bomb vital installations in this city with the recent arrest of an alleged Abu Sayyaf bomb expert here, said Senior… »

Best Easter gift freedom for all kidnap victims – gov’t peace panel chair

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – The best Easter gift would be to see all kidnap victims in the South who were believed seized by Abu Sayyaf bandits released, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer,… »

12 dead in Basilan clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – The sporadic clashes between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province on Friday have left 12 persons dead, including two soldiers, military… »

18 soldiers hurt in clashes with Abu in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – Eighteen soldiers were wounded as clashes ensued anew between government forces and Abu Sayyaf bandits early Friday in the nearby province of Basilan, military officials… »

Terror groups still hound Samal resort owners

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Resort owners from Samal City said terrorist groups like the Abu Sayyaf Group continue to threaten their beaches more than a decade after… »

Kidnapped school principal freed in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 April) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits freed Thursday afternoon the school official they seized Monday in Sumisip, Basilan province, an official announced Friday. Mayor Gulam Hataman of… »

Basilan school principal kidnapped

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – Gunmen tagged as Abu Sayyaf bandits kidnapped early Monday an education official in the nearby province of Basilan, officials disclosed. Dr. Norhaya Abdurahim,… »

4 captives freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 March) – Gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits have released the four people, including two students, they abducted last March 3 in Sulu, a military official… »

Suspected Abu Sayyaf members free 2 DPWH workers after three-hour captivity

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/23 February) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf members held hostage two government personnel in Sulu for at least three hours Saturday, Senior Supt. Abraham Orbito, Sulu police director, said.… »

Kidnapped Fil-Algerian sisters freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 February) — After nearly eight months in captivity, Filipino-Algerian sisters Nadjoua and Linda Bansil were recovered Thursday afternoon from their Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu through a… »

Jordanian journalist ‘escapes’ from kidnappers in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/05 December) – The Jordanian journalist who was kidnapped 18 months ago by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits escaped late Wednesday from his captors in Sulu, officials said. Baker… »

Abu Sayyaf bandits seize Sulu treasurer

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 November) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits seized a government official late Monday in the province of Sulu, police and military officials disclosed. Kidnapped was Jesus Cabillin, 60,… »

Kidnapped trader freed in Jolo as 2 teachers seized in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released Thursday afternoon in Jolo, Sulu a businesswoman who was kidnapped along with a relative here five months ago,… »

At least 79 groups want Senate probe on release of Abu Sayyaf bombers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 August) – At least 79 civil society organizations have issued a statement asking the Senate for an “immediate and impartial investigation” on the alleged “suspicious release from… »

Malaysian hostage escapes in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 6 Aug) – A Malaysian national, who was kidnapped almost nine months ago along with a companion, escaped early Tuesday from captivity in the hands of… »

Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit killed in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) – A suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit was killed Saturday in a clash preceded by an ambush of a rubber plantation cooperative delivery truck in… »

Journalist group calls for safe release of abducted filmmakers in Sulu

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 June)– The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (Pecojon) has called on authorities in the Sulu archipelago to convene a crisis committee for the safe release of two… »

6 Marines killed, 9 wounded in Sulu clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – Six Marines, including an officer, died while nine others were wounded in a clash with suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits Saturday morning in Sulu,… »

DSWD staff, boat captain abducted in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 May) – Gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits seized a social worker in Basilan Wednesday, a day after the abduction of a fishing boat… »

THE PHILSOUTH LINE: Fighting for honor… and blood

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 Feb) — It is a tragic time in some areas in Sulu, among warring groups of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Abu Sayyaf Group and… »

5 dead,10 wounded in Sulu clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 October) – Three soldiers and two alleged Abu Sayyaf members were killed while 10 other soldiers were wounded in a clash early Sunday morning in the hinterlands… »

Rescue of Chinese hostage ‘coincidental’—police

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/ 21 September)—The rescue of a Chinese hostage from an Abu Sayyaf camp was “coincidental,” Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles, Police Regional Office 9 (PRO 9) director, disclosed on… »

Abu Sayyaf kills 7, injures 18 rubber plantation workers in Basilan ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 July) – Seven rubber plantation workers were killed while 18 others were wounded in an early morning ambush today in the municipality of Sumisip in the island… »

AFP deploys newly-retrained marine battalion to Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/14 August) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines has deployed a newly retrained Marine battalion to Sulu  as pursuit operations against the Abu Sayyaf bandits who are… »

Seven Marines killed in Sulu

AMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – Seven Marines were killed while 21 others were wounded in an encounter against suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits early Thursday in the hinterlands of Sulu, a… »

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