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A commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front surrendered with 57 of his men and 42 small arms to the Army's First Infantry Division in Lanao Del Norte province. Two weeks ago, 11 other MILF leaders surrendered in Lanao Del Norte after negotiations with government officials.
Fifty Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters raided a remote village in Sultan Kudarat province, captured twenty villagers, burned homes, and stole farm animals while they used the civilians as human shields against pursuing Army troops. Although MILF peacefully released the hostages after making an escape, an Army official cited the attack as evidence that the rebel group's command structure has collapsed.
The Philippine government formally requested that Malaysia extradite four Abu Sayyaf suspects wanted for taking part in the kidnapping of ten European tourists and eleven Asian workers in 2000. The Abu Sayyaf members have been detained by the Malaysian government for non-terrorism charges, including violating immigration law.
A town mayor and at least three security personnel were wounded when Abu Sayyaf militants exploded a bomb-rigged motorcycle near the convoy of Sulu Governor Sakur Tan on Jolo island. The military bombed Moro Islamic Liberation Front positions in Maguindanao province after a clash broke out between the Army and hundreds of MILF fighters.
Twenty-five Abu Sayyaf fighters and five government officials were killed during fighting on Jolo island. Abu Sayyaf fighters started the fighting after ambushing and murdering the chief superintendent and four of his men. Police and government forces pursued the Abu Sayyaf fighters, who are said to be holding the last Red Cross worker hostage.
Heavily-armed Abu Sayyaf fighters ambushed police, killing four police officers, including the chief of police in Sulu. Four Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed in the ensuing firefight. Two fishermen were wounded in Sarangani by suspected Moro Islamic Front rebels who indiscriminately attacked a coastal village.
On May 5, the Army killed at least six Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters in Maguindanao during fierce fighting that began over a week ago, when security forces started pursuing local MILF leaders. North Cotabato Vice-Governor Emmanuel Piñol's banana plantation was attacked by over 200 MILF fighters, who killed three civilians and wounded five. An Army official suggested the attack on the plantation was a diversion to draw attention away from the fighting in Maguindanao.
Filipino security forces captured a shipment of firearm components bound for Abu Sayyaf, including six M14 rifles and a bolt assembly for an M60 machine gun. Sulu province governor Abdusakur Tan announced that Italian Red Cross hostage Eugenio Vagni is alive and that more troops would be deployed to pressure Abu Sayyaf for his release.
Two Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed and two more were wounded in a clash with police on Jolo island, as government forces continue to search for captured Italian Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni. President Arroyo will visit Egypt and Syria starting on May 1 to ask for assistance in peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Government troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf fighters holding an Italian Red Cross worker hostage on Jolo island. According to the military, the poor health of the hostage is hindering rescue operations and preventing him from fleeing his captors.
Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno announced yesterday that the government had launched an offensive against Abu Sayyaf fighters on Jolo island. More then 5,000 troops are deployed to the island in order to secure the release of Italian Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni, who is being held for ransom by Abu Sayyaf.
The government deployed more troops to help secure the release of 62-year-old Italian Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni, bringing the total number of Marines, police, and village guards encircling Abu Sayyaf positions on Jolo island to more than 1,000. At least three Muslim clerics were also deployed to negotiate with Abu Sayyaf for the release of Vagni.
Police rescued Swiss national Andreas Notter, one of two Red Cross workers held captive by Abu Sayyaf insurgents on Jolo island when militants attempted to escape from a police cordon. Abu Sayyaf continues to hold an Italian Red Cross worker, who is ill and suffering from a hernia, for ransom.
Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded one of two hostages captured last week on Basilan island. Abu Sayyaf continues to hold seven hostages in Basilan and two Red Cross workers hostage on Jolo island. The military announced the surrender of forty MILF fighters along with an arsenal of rocket-propelled grenades in Lanao del Norte.
Two people were killed as security forces pursued Abu Sayyaf leader Noor Hassan Jamiri, who is holding two hostages, in Isabela Province. The Navy warned residents in Sulu province against the increased risk of Abu Sayyaf bomb attacks during the Holy Week and as government forces continue to pursue Abu Sayyaf fighters who are still holding two Red Cross workers hostage.
A joint team of police officers and Marines raided a cache of explosive materials from a supplier of Abu Sayyaf on Jolo island, where the terror group is still holding two Red Cross workers hostage. Police are pursuing 50 Abu Sayyaf fighters on Basilan island who abducted two farmers on Friday.
Seven accused Abu Sayyaf conspirators, including two police officers, who were arrested on April 2 were released without charge. The Regional Peace and Order Council of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao agreed to mediate potential future peace talks between Abu Sayyaf and the government.
A military document indicated that Abu Sayyaf kidnappers demanded a $5 million ransom for the release of the three Red Cross workers held on Jolo island. The military denied paying any ransom for the one hostage who has been released and maintained that the government will continue to abide by a no ransom policy.
Seven men related to Abu Sayyaf spokesman Albader Parad, including three police officers, were arrested in connection with the abduction of three Red Cross workers, two of whom are still being held captive on Jolo island. Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked a truck carrying coconut plantation workers in Basilan, killing seven and wounding three.