April 14, 2004 |
Philippine police arrested a senior member of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group suspected in the 2001 abduction of three Americans and 17 Filipinos, officials said. Otto Hapikin was captured at his hide-out on Basilan island, where the Abu Sayyaf took the hostages after raiding the Dos Palmas resort in Palawan province, said Arturo Lomibao of the national police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
September 17, 2001 |
Government troops in the Philippines have captured three Abu Sayyaf guerrillas, including an officer in charge of the Muslim separatist group's communications, military officials said. In addition to holding hostages, including Americans, the Abu Sayyaf has links to exiled Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden, the military has said. Bin Laden, who is believed to be in Afghanistan, is a prime suspect in last week's terror attacks in the United States.
October 23, 2002 |
Five alleged members of the Muslim militant group Abu Sayyaf were arrested as suspects in a deadly series of bombings in Zamboanga, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said. Officials said the men admitted taking part in the bombings of two department stores last week that killed seven people and injured 152 others and a blast Sunday at a Roman Catholic shrine that killed one person and injured 18.
September 22, 2009 |
Troops seized the main base of the Abu Sayyaf militant group on the Philippines' southern island of Jolo, but eight soldiers were killed when guerrillas ambushed a convoy returning from the area, the military said. At least five rebels were killed in fighting resulting from the ambush, Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner told reporters. Soldiers backed by airstrikes seized the base near Indanan town on Jolo, killing 19 rebels in a complex laced with bunkers and trenches, another military officer said.
October 13, 2002 |
Fierce clashes between Philippine marines and Abu Sayyaf rebels on the southern island of Jolo left at least 11 soldiers dead and 26 others wounded, military officials said Saturday. Government bombers and attack helicopters took turns blasting suspected positions of an Abu Sayyaf faction believed to be holding hostage four Jehovah's Witnesses, all women, the officials added. There were no immediate reports on rebel casualties. The women were abducted Aug.
August 4, 2001 |
Muslim extremists have seized 36 Filipinos and beheaded at least four, apparently to punish the military for its ongoing offensive, officials said Friday. The Abu Sayyaf's attack Thursday night on a village on the southern Philippine island of Basilan was the biggest since May 27, when the group raided a beach resort and seized 20 hostages, including three Americans.