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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.
Abu Sayyaf fighters kidnapped three employees of a cooperative in a remote village in Basilan. The group was reportedly led by Furuji Indama, a senior leader of the group. Abu Sayyaf has contacted one abductee's family and demanded a ransom for his release. The employees were intercepted on their way to Isabela City.
A grenade attack by suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters on a home in the province of Sulu has left three family members dead and three others injured. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has replaced one of its field commanders, who is Central Mindanao's most wanted man, only three days after replacing its spokesman.
Abu Sayyaf Group fighters murdered a woman after taking her from her family farm at Basilan. Two people were killed in skirmishes between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and militiamen in Maguindanao. UN Secretary General Ban is pushing for tougher measures on groups recruiting child soldiers, including Abu Sayyaf Group, the New People's Army, and MILF.
The army has declared its two-month-long operation against the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan and Sulu a success. The operation concluded with 15 Islamists "neutralized" over the weekend. Two police officers and two attackers were killed in Basilan in the town of Sumisip. The EU has confirmed its willingness to participate in peace talks between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Troops killed three Abu Sayyaf fighters during operations near Isabela City and dismantled a bomb in Barangay Upper Maligue. The military said more than 50 foreign fighters from Jemaah Islamiyah are fighting with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The Army has sent elite, US-trained units to hunt the Abu Sayyaf fighters who launched the April 13 terror assault on the city of Isabela. Fighting broke out in the village of Tabiawan between Army and Abu Sayyaf units. Security officials believe Abu Sayyaf may carry out similar attacks, including in Manila.
Abu Sayyaf killed five Philippine Marines, a policeman, and five civilians in a terror assault on the city of Isabela. Five bombs were detonated in the city. Four Abu Sayyaf fighters were captured in the counterattack.
Troops killed seven Abu Sayyaf fighters during a raid in Sulu. The target of the raid was Zulkifli bin Hir, the leader of the Kumpulun Mujahidin Malaysia and senior member of Jemaah Islamiyah, and Abu Benhur, an Abu Sayyaf commander.
The military captured three Abu Sayyaf bombers in Taguig City; the Abu Sayyaf members are thought to have been plotting attacks in Manila. Peace monitors from Malaysia, Brunei, and Libya arrived on Mindanao to monitor an agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
A group of Abu Sayyaf fighters stormed the village of Tubigan in Basilan at night, killed 11 villagers as they slept, and torched several homes. The local militia backed by Philippine troops drove off the Abu Sayyaf force, estimated at 70 men.
Philippine Marines killed Abu Sayyaf military commander Albader Parad, a sub-commander, and four fighters during a raid in Sulu province. Parad was wanted by the US and Philippine governments for a series of kidnapping and executions. He was close to Jemaah Islamiyah leader Dulmatin.
Abu Sayyaf kidnapped two locals working for a US-funded road construction project in the town of Maimbung in Sulu province. The Abu Sayyaf fighters have not issued any ransom demands for the release of the two workers.