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The Abu Sayyaf Group has kidnapped a Japanese national in Sitio Bas in Sulu province. The 70-year old Japanese treasure hunter was abducted by 10 armed men. It is estimated that the Abu Sayyaf Group has about 400 members left on the islands, the vast majority being under 30 years old.




A 7-year-old boy was killed and five others injured in a bomb blast in Datu Piang in the province of Maguindanao. The bomb exploded 20 meters from the police station, resulting in civilian casualties only. Insurgents killed one soldier and wounded five others in an ambush.




Warring Moro rebels caused the death a 3-year-old boy and wounded six others after a mortar fell into an evacuation center on the border of Maguindanao and North Cotabato. The rebels blame the military for the casualties. Police discovered a bomb before it exploded in a drainage pipe near a day care center in Basilan. Authorities arrested a former vice mayor in Basilan province who had links with Abu Sayyaf fighters.




Police rescued a Chinese national being held by Abu Sayyaf fighters in Luuk in the province of Sulu. Wu, a Chinese immigrant shopkeeper held for two years in captivity, was freed after a 10-minute firefight that forced the Abu Sayyaf fighters to abandon the group's last remaining foreign hostage.




59 journalists killed this year




Authorities arrested a key Abu Sayyaf suspect for a deadly bombing and firefight in April. Ajid Jalil, alias Ajid Jainul, was arrested after being discharged from the hospital and charged with several counts of murder. The government has convinced the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to drop its bid for independence in Mindanao.




Senior Jemaah Islamiyah commander captured in Indonesia

Abdullah Sunata created the al Qaeda in Aceh cell and served as "a bridge" between Jemaah Islamiyah and the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf Group.


The Abu Sayyaf Group has killed four civilians, including two women, and wounded two others after ambushing their vehicle in the village of Maluso in Basilan province. Philippine marines killed two Abu Sayyaf fighters, and four marines were wounded in firefights at a joint camp run by MNLF and Abu Sayyaf.




Abu Sayyaf fighters killed four people and wounded two others in an ambush in the province of Basilan. Fighting between Moro rebels and the Philippine military has left four soldiers wounded and two Moro National Liberation Front rebels killed in the province of Sulu. Soldiers were attacked by MNLF and Abu Sayyaf Group fighters while working on a road project in the town of Tuyang.




US, Philippines rethink anti-terror tactics




Authorities arrested a sub-commander of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan who was wanted for kidnapping and illegal detention. A 72-year old Filipino of Swiss descent was rescued by Philippine troops in the outskirts of Zamboanga city after two months of captivity. The Abu Sayyaf Group is suspected of being behind the abduction.




A notable member of Abu Sayyaf wanted by the government for 10 years was arrested in Sulu. Abu Sayyaf members have murdered three civilian loggers abducted from the town of Maluso in Basilan. The three lumberjacks were beheaded by the terrorist group.




Clashes between two rival Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNFL) factions have forced 5,000 people to flee their homes. The military is not intervening due to the ongoing peace process. Meanwhile, military sweeps to neutralize elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan have forced over 500 families to leave their homes.




Two rubber farm workers were killed and one wounded after Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked them in their mountain village near Sumisip in Basilan province. It is a suspected revenge attack on the community after three Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed by elite army Scout Rangers in Sumisip on Friday.




Abu Sayyaf fighters murdered three hostages after the families were unable to pay the ransoms. Police recovered the bodies of the rubber plantation workers in the town of Sukaten village on Basilan island. Norway has joined the international monitoring team observing the ceasefire between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government.




Abu Sayyaf fighters kidnapped three employees of a cooperative in a remote village in Basilan. The group was reportedly led by Furuji Indama, a senior leader of the group. Abu Sayyaf has contacted one abductee's family and demanded a ransom for his release. The employees were intercepted on their way to Isabela City.




A grenade attack by suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters on a home in the province of Sulu has left three family members dead and three others injured. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has replaced one of its field commanders, who is Central Mindanao's most wanted man, only three days after replacing its spokesman.




Abu Sayyaf Group fighters murdered a woman after taking her from her family farm at Basilan. Two people were killed in skirmishes between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and militiamen in Maguindanao. UN Secretary General Ban is pushing for tougher measures on groups recruiting child soldiers, including Abu Sayyaf Group, the New People's Army, and MILF.




The army has declared its two-month-long operation against the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan and Sulu a success. The operation concluded with 15 Islamists "neutralized" over the weekend. Two police officers and two attackers were killed in Basilan in the town of Sumisip. The EU has confirmed its willingness to participate in peace talks between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.




Troops killed three Abu Sayyaf fighters during operations near Isabela City and dismantled a bomb in Barangay Upper Maligue. The military said more than 50 foreign fighters from Jemaah Islamiyah are fighting with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.