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.
August 21, 2002 |
Suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels kidnapped eight door-to-door Avon cosmetics salespeople, Philippine officials said today. Esmon Suhuri, vice mayor of the town of Patikul on Jolo island, said the five women and three men, all Filipinos, were kidnapped Tuesday afternoon. He said the victims were both Christians and Muslims, and he blamed Abu Sayyaf. Jolo is known as an Abu Sayyaf stronghold. The abductions are the first believed to be linked to Abu Sayyaf since about 1,000 U.S.
May 10, 2000 |
Filipinos call Jolo the forgotten island. It is no more than a jungle-covered speck at the nation's southern tip. Even the mayor of the town of Jolo finds life so dull here that he lives in Zamboanga, three hours northeast by boat on another island. There hasn't been much of a foreign presence on Jolo since the Peace Corps pulled out in 1974, and so few tourists come that the occasional backpacker who shows up on the dawn ferry draws curious stares.
July 30, 2000 |
Muslim rebels released two Filipino journalists but did not say when they would free 29 other hostages, including 15 foreigners, held on a southern Philippine island. Val Cuenca and Maan Macapagal of ABS-CBN, the Philippines' largest TV network, were handed over in the town of Patikul on Jolo island, where they were abducted Monday on their way back from interviewing the rebels, government officials said.
February 5, 1997 |
A man, along with a boy, possibly as young as 10, shot and killed a Roman Catholic bishop in a flare-up of violence against church officials in a southern region racked by Muslim secessionist violence. A church spokesman said Bishop Benjamin de Jesus died instantly when he was shot six times with .45-caliber pistols at point-blank range near his cathedral on Jolo island. Jolo, about 560 miles south of Manila, is one of the most volatile areas in the Mindanao region.
January 19, 2007 |
Fighting between government forces and Abu Sayyaf Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines left 10 militants and three government troops dead, officials said. A Philippine marines platoon battled about 30 extremists under Abu Sayyaf veteran Radullan Sahiron in Jolo island's Patikul town.