June 1, 2001 |
Muslim extremists holding 20 hostages, including three Americans, clashed with the military in the southern Philippines early today. There were unconfirmed reports of seven people injured, including at least two captives. Abu Sabaya, a commander with the Abu Sayyaf rebel group, phoned a local radio station, saying his group was under attack. He repeated a threat to kill the hostages. Gunfire rang out as he spoke breathlessly to RMN radio station. "We've received information that a total of seven have been injured, but the information has to be confirmed by the military," presidential spokesman Rigoberto Tiglao said later.
June 22, 2002 |
WASHINGTON -- Philippine fishermen and soldiers searched today off the coast of Mindanao island for the body of rebel leader Abu Sabaya, who was reportedly killed Friday in a gun battle with Philippine commandos. President Bush applauded Sabaya's death and Pentagon officials here said Friday that their deployment of more than 1,000 U.S. troops to the Philippines to train soldiers had paid off during Friday's clash.
June 26, 2002 |
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo handed a $100,000 reward to a spy who led troops to Muslim rebel Abu Sabaya, believed killed in a gun battle last week. Wearing a pair of old rubber shoes, dark glasses and a cap to partially hide his face, the unidentified man saluted Arroyo when she handed him the check in a ceremony at the presidential palace. The man was a courier for the Abu Sayyaf rebels and a bodyguard for Abu Sabaya.
May 30, 2002 |
THE PHILIPPINES The U.S. offered a reward of up to $5 million for the capture of leaders of Abu Sayyaf, the group that has held an American couple hostage for a year. U.S. Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone Jr. said the reward is for any of the leaders, including Abu Sabaya, the organizer of the raid in which three Americans and 17 Filipinos were abducted. One American was beheaded.
September 22, 2001
Negotiations have begun for the release of an American couple being held by Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines, a radio station reported. The family of Martin and Gracia Burnham of Wichita, Kan., has appointed a Filipino negotiator "close to the family," the Radio Mindanao Network said without identifying its source. The network often receives calls from Abu Sabaya, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf group, which abducted the Burnhams--along with Guillermo Sobero of Corona, Calif.
June 8, 2001 |
A Muslim rebel leader holding three Americans hostage threatened to behead them Sunday unless the Philippine government appoints two Malaysian negotiators to mediate their release. Abu Sabaya of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group--which seeks to create a Muslim state in the southern Philippines--had earlier said he would kill the three at noon Thursday unless his demands were met. With the crisis in its 11th day, the government pledged more attacks on the guerrillas.