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.
June 13, 2001 |
An awkward vigil continued Tuesday night in a quiet Riverside County neighborhood as a Corona man's family waited to hear if he had been beheaded by Philippine rebels. The Abu Sayyaf guerrillas, who seek to establish an Islamic state in the southern Philippines, this week claimed that they had executed Guillermo Sobero, one of three Americans they kidnapped last month along with 17 Filipinos. State Department officials said they have not confirmed the death.
June 12, 2001 |
Muslim rebels claimed today that they had beheaded a Southern California man who was among the group's two dozen hostages, but the Philippine military cautioned that the guerrillas have previously lied about such killings. Abu Sabaya, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf rebels, called a radio station and said the guerrillas had killed Guillermo Sobero, 40, a resident of Corona, who was among 20 people abducted from an upscale island resort in May.
May 29, 2000 |
Muslim guerrillas staged three attacks on villages in the southern Philippines, killing at least 15 people, including 12 civilians, military officials said Sunday. Meanwhile, officials announced the arrests of 26 people, including Muslim rebels trained in bomb-making, on suspicion of involvement in recent explosions at two large shopping malls in Manila.
May 4, 2000 |
Four hostages were found dead Wednesday--shot execution-style and some mutilated--after Muslim rebels holding 27 captives stumbled across Philippine troops by a river crossing and both sides opened fire. Many of the hostages were children seized from a school. Fifteen children and teachers were rescued after the gunfight in Basilan province, but military officials said others were taken by the fleeing Abu Sayyaf rebels.
April 17, 2000 |
Eight people were killed and more than 30 injured Sunday when a gang robbing stores inside a Philippine mall hurled a grenade at shoppers outside the complex in an attempt to escape police, authorities said. Four suspects were arrested, but four others escaped after robbing jewelry shops inside the mall in the Manila district of Paranaque. Police said a robber acting as a lookout tossed a grenade at police officers, who were rushing to the mall in response to the robberies.