Philippine troops kill Abu Sayyaf militant group leader Majan Sahidjuan, rescue hostages

Philippine troops have killed a leader of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group and rescued four Indonesian hostages held since last year, the military said on Sunday. Majan Sahidjuan, alias Apo Mike, was severely wounded in a gunbattle with the marines on Saturday night in Languyan town in southern Tawi-Tawi province, and later died, said Lieutenant… Read More Philippine troops kill Abu Sayyaf militant group leader Majan Sahidjuan, rescue hostages

Twenty dead, dozens injured following bomb attacks on church in southern Philippines

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote. The attack wounded 81 and was one of the deadliest in recent years in a… Read More Twenty dead, dozens injured following bomb attacks on church in southern Philippines

Islamist militants building base in Southeast Asia as ISIS faction seizure of Philippines city lingers

At the beginning of the battle that has raged for the past 12 days in Marawi City at the southern end of the Philippines, dozens of Islamist militants stormed its prison, overwhelming the guards. “They said ‘surrender the Christians’,” said Faridah P. Ali, an assistant director of the regional prison authority. “We only had one… Read More Islamist militants building base in Southeast Asia as ISIS faction seizure of Philippines city lingers

Three soldiers killed as Philippine troops clash with Abu Sayyaf militants

Philippine troops killed at least five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants and suffered three fatalities during a firefight in Bohol province on Tuesday, the military said, days after Western travel warnings about visiting the holiday island. The clash took place after the United States and Canadian embassies in Manila warned citizens against traveling to Central Visayas,… Read More Three soldiers killed as Philippine troops clash with Abu Sayyaf militants

Filipino militant group beheads Canadian hostage

The Abu Sayyaf group has beheaded another Canadian hostage held on a southern Philippine island after ransom demands apparently were not met. The hostage, Robert Hall was confirmed dead on Monday by a military source who spoke to Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity prior to the official announcement. “Today, Canadian kidnap victim identified as… Read More Filipino militant group beheads Canadian hostage