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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.




The Abu Sayyaf Group has kidnapped a Japanese national in Sitio Bas in Sulu province. The 70-year old Japanese treasure hunter was abducted by 10 armed men. It is estimated that the Abu Sayyaf Group has about 400 members left on the islands, the vast majority being under 30 years old.




A 7-year-old boy was killed and five others injured in a bomb blast in Datu Piang in the province of Maguindanao. The bomb exploded 20 meters from the police station, resulting in civilian casualties only. Insurgents killed one soldier and wounded five others in an ambush.




Warring Moro rebels caused the death a 3-year-old boy and wounded six others after a mortar fell into an evacuation center on the border of Maguindanao and North Cotabato. The rebels blame the military for the casualties. Police discovered a bomb before it exploded in a drainage pipe near a day care center in Basilan. Authorities arrested a former vice mayor in Basilan province who had links with Abu Sayyaf fighters.




Police rescued a Chinese national being held by Abu Sayyaf fighters in Luuk in the province of Sulu. Wu, a Chinese immigrant shopkeeper held for two years in captivity, was freed after a 10-minute firefight that forced the Abu Sayyaf fighters to abandon the group's last remaining foreign hostage.




59 journalists killed this year




Authorities arrested a key Abu Sayyaf suspect for a deadly bombing and firefight in April. Ajid Jalil, alias Ajid Jainul, was arrested after being discharged from the hospital and charged with several counts of murder. The government has convinced the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to drop its bid for independence in Mindanao.




Senior Jemaah Islamiyah commander captured in Indonesia

Abdullah Sunata created the al Qaeda in Aceh cell and served as "a bridge" between Jemaah Islamiyah and the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf Group.


The Abu Sayyaf Group has killed four civilians, including two women, and wounded two others after ambushing their vehicle in the village of Maluso in Basilan province. Philippine marines killed two Abu Sayyaf fighters, and four marines were wounded in firefights at a joint camp run by MNLF and Abu Sayyaf.




Abu Sayyaf fighters killed four people and wounded two others in an ambush in the province of Basilan. Fighting between Moro rebels and the Philippine military has left four soldiers wounded and two Moro National Liberation Front rebels killed in the province of Sulu. Soldiers were attacked by MNLF and Abu Sayyaf Group fighters while working on a road project in the town of Tuyang.




US, Philippines rethink anti-terror tactics




Authorities arrested a sub-commander of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan who was wanted for kidnapping and illegal detention. A 72-year old Filipino of Swiss descent was rescued by Philippine troops in the outskirts of Zamboanga city after two months of captivity. The Abu Sayyaf Group is suspected of being behind the abduction.




A notable member of Abu Sayyaf wanted by the government for 10 years was arrested in Sulu. Abu Sayyaf members have murdered three civilian loggers abducted from the town of Maluso in Basilan. The three lumberjacks were beheaded by the terrorist group.




Clashes between two rival Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNFL) factions have forced 5,000 people to flee their homes. The military is not intervening due to the ongoing peace process. Meanwhile, military sweeps to neutralize elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan have forced over 500 families to leave their homes.




Two rubber farm workers were killed and one wounded after Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked them in their mountain village near Sumisip in Basilan province. It is a suspected revenge attack on the community after three Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed by elite army Scout Rangers in Sumisip on Friday.




Abu Sayyaf fighters murdered three hostages after the families were unable to pay the ransoms. Police recovered the bodies of the rubber plantation workers in the town of Sukaten village on Basilan island. Norway has joined the international monitoring team observing the ceasefire between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government.