October 16, 2001 |
The Philippine military said Monday that it would not halt an offensive against Muslim extremists who threatened to behead an American couple if the army does not stop. Abu Sabaya, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf rebels in the southern Philippines, threatened to kill missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham of Wichita, Kan., ahead of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's Nov. 20 trip to meet with President Bush. "It would be very embarrassing if President Arroyo goes to the U.S.
June 26, 2001 |
A Muslim rebel leader holding dozens of hostages threatened Monday to kill more of his captives, citing in particular the Americans, and warned that his insurgency would spread across Southeast Asia. Abu Sabaya demanded that the Philippine government bring in three negotiators involved in mediating the end to another hostage crisis last year by his Abu Sayyaf group. The rebels reportedly received as much as $25 million in ransoms.
September 20, 2000 |
An e-mail romance and a fascination with Islamic revolution turned a dream into a nightmare for Jeffrey Craig Schilling, a UC Berkeley graduate dragged through the jungles of the southern Philippines today by a gang of professional kidnappers that has threatened to behead him.
June 22, 2001 |
Three severed heads were found Thursday in an area where Muslim extremists claimed to have killed an American hostage last week. The victims were believed to be Filipinos. Lt. Col. Jose Mabanta said the heads were so badly decomposed that they would be hard to identify. But he added that none was that of Guillermo Sobero, 40, of Corona, who was among 20 people--including two other Americans--seized from a resort May 27.
December 6, 2007 |
A Philippine court convicted 14 Muslim militants today of abducting a U.S. missionary couple and 18 others in a string of 2001 kidnappings that resulted in the deaths of two Americans and prompted Washington to start training Filipino troops. Most of the top leaders of Abu Sayyaf, which orchestrated the abductions at a resort, have been killed since the trial opened in 2003. Philippine officials have credited the U.S.
June 7, 2001 |
A missing U.S. Navy lieutenant who hid on the slopes of a volcano during an attack by suspected Communist guerrillas turned up late Wednesday at an air base, hungry but uninjured. Lt. Scott Alan Washburn spent Tuesday night on Mt. Pinatubo after his group encountered the guerrillas, said Maj. Allan Ballesteros of the Philippine air force.
June 1, 2001 |
Muslim extremists holding 20 hostages--including three Americans--clashed with the military in the southern Philippines early today, military officials and guerrillas said. Rebel leader Abu Sabaya phoned a local radio station, saying his group was under attack. He repeated a threat to kill the hostages. Near and distant gunfire rang out as he spoke breathlessly to RMN radio station. Sabaya, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf group, claimed two hostages had been hit by gunfire.
June 11, 2001 |
Minutes before a deadline by Muslim extremists to behead one of three American captives, the Philippine government dropped its objection to bringing in a Malaysian negotiator in an effort to end a 2-week-old hostage crisis. As today's noon deadline passed, Abu Sabaya, a commander with the Abu Sayyaf rebel group, called in by satellite telephone to a local radio station, saying he "may postpone" the execution if the Malaysian government confirms it will allow Sen.
June 2, 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.
June 19, 2001 |
The leader of a Muslim rebel group said Monday that he is willing to talk about freeing some captives if the government first halts its assault on his group. But President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who visited the front lines of the hostage crisis Monday, again vowed to crush the Abu Sayyaf guerrillas. "There will be no letup," armed forces Chief of Staff Diomedio Villanueva said. "It will continue and continue and continue."