A Buddhist couple was gunned down and then doused with gasoline in the middle of a road by terrorists in Pattani province. A father, his wife, and his two daughters were attacked by militants as they traveled on motorcycle to a a school in Pattani; the father was killed. Two soldiers were also wounded by […]
Philippine police probe illegal arms trade in Jolo
Four gunmen on motorcycles murdered two villagers at a tea shop in Narathiwat province. Also in Narathiwat, a policeman on a motorcycle was ambushed and wounded as he returned home from praying at a local mosque.
Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Basilan
Indonesian police recognize connection between illegal immigration and terrorism
Thai PM pledges to pacify insurgency
Abu Sayyaf releases son of former Philippine mayor
MILF denies involvement in grenade attack on mansions
A soldier providing security was wounded when a militant threw a grenade into a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Sulu province. Three civilians were wounded in a grenade attack in Kidapawan City in North Cotabato Province. Several dozen people have been killed in violence in the Southern Philippines since September, including two US Special Forces troops.
Two soldiers and and a Buddhist civilian were killed in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat province by militants who stole the soldiers’ assault rifles. Three other civilians were also killed in three separate shootings, including a district chief and assistant village chief.
Three Philippine Navy officers were killed as they patrolled the coastline in Basilan province by former MILF members. Security forces were dispatched in pursuit of the attackers, who were led by a former MILF member named Tanad Nasalun.
Bahrudin Latif, the father-in-law of the late terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top, was arrested in a predawn raid in West Java. Latif, who is also known as Baridin, helped Top evade police detection shortly before Top masterminded the July 2009 Jakarta hotel bombings.
Security forces surrounded the remote mountain hideout of Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Basilan who abducted a college professor from his home on Dec. 10. Yesterday, Abu Sayyaf beheaded a Filipino worker abducted from a plywood factory in November along with two other workers; the two workers, who are Chinese, are believed to be alive.
Malaysian police arrested three Thai men along the border in Kelantan state suspected of being connected with the Moro insurgency in southern Thailand. The men were found with chemical fertilizers and home-made bombs that were made in Malaysia.
An Abu Sayyaf fighter was killed after a clash with Marines who chanced upon an enemy force in Indanan town in Sulu province. Abu Sayyaf also abducted a college professor at his house in Isabela City near Basilan State College. Also in Isabela City, the severed head of a factory worker kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf […]
A political solution to the Thai insurgency
Two people were killed and nine wounded when an explosion ripped through a market in the Muang District of Narathiwat province. Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, arrived in Thailand today on a visit that will bring him to the insurgency-plagued southern provinces.
MILF and the government will resume peace talks Dec. 8-9 in Malaysia, following the establishment of the International Contact Group to mediate the process. The ICG consists of the UK, Japan, and Turkey as well as international nongovernmental organizations. The founder of MNLF, Nur Misuari, was acquitted of leading a violent rebellion in Jolo in […]
The UK agrees to aid in resumption of formal peace talks between MILF and Philippines
Muslim separatist campaign has intensified in Thailand
US helps Philippines in fight against IEDs
Malaysian Prime Minister Razak will travel to Thailand on Dec. 8-9 to meet with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to observe development programs in the insurgency-plagued Narathiwat province and discuss the proposed grant of partial autonomy to the southern provinces. Abhisit visited Qatar last week, where he spoke of opportunitie for economic investment and development and […]
Indonesia’s anti-terrorism unit Detachment 88 warns of continued threats
Twenty-eight Abu Sayyaf members were charged with the abduction of three factory workers in Basilan province last week. The victims, which include two Chinese nationals, are still being held captive by Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province; security forces have been deployed to search for their whereabouts. Father Michael Sinnot, who was freed from Abu Sayyaf […]
A force of 200 Thai police and soldiers surrounded a house in Pattani province, laying siege to insurgents inside. In an intense 20-minute battle, six insurgents were killed and two police officers were wounded. Authorities were able to breach and secure the house.
Three MILF members were charged with kidnapping Irish priest Michael Sinnot, who was released from captivity on Nov. 12. MILF released a statement supporting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s appeal that the Philippine government should strike a peace deal with the group before President Arroyo leaves office in 2010.
A bomb hidden in a motorcycle in Narathiwat exploded while a military truck filled with troops passed by, killing a soldier and wounding six others, including a civilian. The device contained approximately five kilograms of explosives and was activated with a mobile phone. Three civilians were killed in attacks in Yala and Narathiwat provinces.
Secretary Clinton urges Philippines to strike peace deal with MILF
A Buddhist couple was shot and killed at a rice mill in Pattani province. After the murder, five civilian witnesses were wounded in an explosion after they rushed to the scene. Over 4,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s southern provinces since the beginning of the insurgency in 2004.
In Basilan, 30 armed Abu Sayyaf fighters stormed a plywood factory, capturing at least three foreign workers. It was the fifth kidnapping in the southern Philippines in the past month. MILF has deployed a task force to search for kidnapped Irish Priest Michael Sinnot