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Insurgents commanded by senior Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama killed three militiamen and wounded seven more in an ambush on Basilan island. The militia was attacked as it patrolled a rubber plantation. One insurgent was also killed.
Authorities arrested two Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan province, Serham Akalan and Idris Anni. Akalan was linked to the killing of 14 soldiers in Al-Barka, and Anni was involved in kidnapping workers in Lantawan in 2001. The military estimates that Abu Sayyaf members number fewer than 400.
Police on Basilan island captured Ismael, a.k.a. Patah Hamjak, an Abu Sayyaf operative linked to beheadings, bombings, and a 2009 jailbreak. In Kidapawan, about 50 gunmen killed three people in a failed attempt to spring an Islamic militant from jail.
The Philippines and the US discussed expanding the American military presence in the country. In preliminary talks, officials on both sides said they are favorably inclined toward a deal.
Security forces are searching for six to nine members of the Abu Sayyaf group and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Manila and Rizal province after a presidential decree warned of impending attacks during the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila. Suspected members of Abu Sayyaf blew up a bridge in the southern province of Sulu earlier this week.
A Philippine military commander says at least five foreign al-Qaida-linked extremists are hiding on the remote southern island of Jolo. Among the five suspects is Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan; the US has issued a $5 million bounty for information leading to his capture or death.
Security forces arrested an Abu Sayyaf fighter thought to be involved in the beheading of 11 members of the Philippine Marines and the kidnapping of American tourists. The suspect, Boy Abdulphata, who is known as Boy Phata, was nabbed by a joint military and police operation in Kumaralang village, Isabela City in the province of Basilan.