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The Army attacked an Abu Sayyaf jungle outpost on Basilan island, killing two leaders and eight insurgents who were involved in the beheading of a farmer and the kidnapping of three school teachers who were freed yesterday. Rogue members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front were attached to the Abu Sayyaf militants in their jungle hideout. Two Abu Sayyaf members were arrested in Sulu as suspects in the attempted assassination of the governor of Sulu province on May 13.




Rogue Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters bombed a major bridge in Maguindanao and burned several local homes. Abu Sayyaf released three schoolteachers abducted in Zamboanga in January. The US announced $2.5 million in rewards for Abu Sayyaf members involved in the kidnapping of three Americans in 2001.




Police disarmed an IED made with chemical fertilizers and packed with nails at a ticket office in the port of Nasipit in Agusan del Norte. According to the Italian ambassador, Abu Sayyaf captive and Italian citizen Eugenio Vagni is expected to be released from captivity within the week. Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters launched several attacks on Army positions in Maguindanao, targeting artillery positions and munition dumps.




A truck was ambushed near Zamboanga City by rogue Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels, killing three civilians and wounding five. The military also claimed that MILF occupied six Christian villages in Mindanao. A MILF commander, Maj. General Alfredo Cayton, was wounded in Maguindanao last week during an Army assault.




Abu Sayyaf terrorists beheaded a 61-year-old man who was abducted from Zamboanga City three weeks ago, sparking concern for the safety of six school teachers held captive in the same area. The Court of Appeals in Manila upheld the conviction of former Abu Sayyaf leader Hector Abubakar Janjalani for drug violations leading to his arrest in 2000.




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 PiƱol'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.




7 dead in attack in Philippines




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.