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, Abu Sayyaf beheads Canadian hostage

Filipino militant group, Abu Sayyaf has killed a Canadian man who was held hostage since last year. The murdered man, identified as John Ridsdel, has been described as a “kind and gregarious person who touched everyone he knew with his enthusiasm and generosity.” John Ridsdel was beheaded by the Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf, which… Read More Filipino militant group, Abu Sayyaf beheads Canadian hostage

Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf militant group threatens to kill its hostages

In a jarring video that surfaced this week, several foreigners plead for their countries to pay ransom to the Abu Sayyaf Islamist group to secure their release — or else, they say, they’ll be killed in a month. Two men speaking on the video said they were hostages and Canadian citizens. One said he was… Read More Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf militant group threatens to kill its hostages