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Security forces arrested a bombing suspect in Manila thought to be linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group or MILF. Intelligence indicate that 10 foreign terrorists are meeting with Abu Sayyaf leaders and planning attacks in the Manila Metro area. Police seized 562 kilograms of bomb-making material and detained four people in Limay, Bataan.
Suspected Abu Sayyaf Group fighters have kidnapped a woman in Basilan province. The Abu Sayyaf fighters responsible for the abduction in Ungkaya Pukan town appear to be led by Nur Hassan. The withdrawal of the 1st Marine Brigade in Basilan province has stoked fears of a resurgence of violence.
Authorities arrested five suspects in the bus bombing in the town of Matalam on the southern island of Mindanao. One detainee gave the whereabouts of four other accomplices in the attack who were later arrested in a raid in Cotabato city. Their connection to the Islamist groups blamed for the attack remains undisclosed.
Suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters killed two village officials in Maguindanao province. The two officials were ambushed by gunmen after their vehicles were hit by landmines. The chairman and councilman of Barangay Liab in Mamasapano town were participating in electoral activities.
Insurgents killed 10 people and wounded 30 in more in a bus bombing in North Cotabato in Mindanao. The bus was carrying 60 people on their way to Tacurong City and exploded near Dalapitan village. Al Khober, a terrorist group composed of Abu Sayyaf Group and MILF fighters, is suspected, due to similar attacks conducted in 2006.
A Chinese-Filipino student was kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group members in the southern region of Mindanao. Gunmen are demanding a ransom of $116,000 for the release of the college freshman after he was abducted in the town of Jolo in Sulu province.
Security forces captured an Abu Sayyaf Group fighter in Lamitan city, Basilan. Bidung Ismael was wanted for seizing a hospital and kidnapping foreigners in 2001.
Suspected Abu Sayyaf Group gunmen abducted a Chinese-Filipino junk shop owner in Zamboanga City. Vinton So's wife said the kidnappers told her it was "purely business." A ransom demand has not yet been received. Abu Sayyaf has kidnapped three wealthy businessmen in the city this year; all were freed after a ransom was paid.
Philippine soldiers killed Abu Sayyaf commander Abdukarim Sali during a firefight in Basilan. Sali was wanted for his involvement in the kidnappng of 20 people, including three Americans, in May 2001.
Abu Sayyaf Group fighters killed three soldiers in the town of Tipo-Tipo, Basilan. Ten Abu Sayyaf fighters ambushed an army patrol, which was unable to pursue the fighters into territory controlled by the MILF. Formal peace talks between the government and MILF are set to resume in November.
National police have killed an Abu Sayyaf Group commander and his two aides in a 15-minute gun battle at a house in Maimbung, Sulu province. The Abu Sayyaf commander, Gafur Jumdail, is the younger brother of the group's top leader, Umbra Jumdail. Other Abu Sayyaf members may have been wounded in the raid.
Two Abu Sayyaf Group members were captured by Philippine police in the port city of Zamboanga, Mindanao. One terrorist, Jamiri Hashi, was wanted for the killing and beheading of 14 soldiers in 2007 and had a bounty on his head. The other terrorist, Adjik Halik, was wanted for the kidnapping of 21 Europeans who were taken hostage in 2001 from the resort Sabah.
Three police officers were wounded and an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed in clashes in Sulu. Abu Sayyaf ambushed the senior superintendent of police and his escort as they were returning to their camp.
Four Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters were killed and seven others were injured during clashes between rival commanders in Maguindanao province. MILF has expressed concern that the new Benigno Aquino III government wants to restart negotations and review prior agreements.
A bombing carried out by suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters at an airport in Zamboanga city has left one man dead and over a dozen injured. The attack took place at the arrival gate of the airport; police are investigating whether the man killed was the bomber. The governor of Sulu province, the stronghold of Abu Sayyaf Group, was injured in the blast.
Army rangers arrested a Moro Islamic Liberation Front commander in Casoon village, Monkayo town. Earlier reports of the suspect, Giovanni de Ocampo, identified him as a Jemaah Islamiyah operative but were later disproven. Numerous weapons and bombs were captured after a shootout.
Phillipine security forces have captured an Abu Sayyaf Group member after he was trying to depart the southern port city of Zamboanga to Sabah, Malaysia. Jirome Mustakin is wanted for his participation in the abduction and beheading of two Christian Jehovah's Witnesses on Jolo Island in 2002 when he was just 14.