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The Philippines has confirmed Abu Sulaiman, one of the top five leaders of Abu Sayyaf with a U.S. bounty of $5 million, has been killed in fighting on Jolo island. Abu Sulaiman, believed to be the mastermind behind the 2004 ferry bombing, and Bonia Ysmael were also killed by Philippine forces. The Philippine military denies U.S. forces are fighting in Jolo or elsewhere.
Three bomb blasts killed 7 and wounded 29 throughout the Philippines. The blasts occurred within hours of each other, and occurred within days of the ASEAN summit.
Philippine Rangers killed Binang Sal, an Abu Sayyaf bomb expert, during fighting on Jolo Island. Khaddafy Janjalani, the leader of Abu Sayyaf, is alive, according to his brother & Philippine intelligence officers. The government downplays the threat of terrorist attacks on the ASEAN summit.
Filipino Marines forces killed 6 Abu Sayyaf , including Jundam Jamalul (aka Black Killer), who was wanted by the U.S, and captured 2. Gufran (aka Abu Samur), an Indonesian aide to Jemaah Islamiyah leader Dulmatin, was also killed. Abu Sayyaf second in command Isnilon Hapilon has been spotted in Basilan and a manhunt is in progress. Two were wounded in an Abu Sayyaf bombing attack on a restaurant in Cotabato City in Mindnao.
The Philippine Army believes it has exhumed the body of Khaddafy Janjalani, the leader of Abu Sayyaf, and claims Radulan Sahiron was appointed the new leader. The US is helping to run DNA tests on the remains. Although the Philippines has suspended training with US forces, it vowed to continue operations against Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah on Jolo island.
Planning for next week's annual ASEAN Summit in Cebu rocked with terror warnings. British FO issues urgent travel warning for Cebu, Mindanao and Sulu, warning that intelligence suggests terror attacks are "in the final stages." The U.S., Australia and Japan followed with warnings. Manila deploying 5,500 personnel including marines, police commandos and specialised units to Cebu. The Summit begins Monday.