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Kidnap threat in Philippines

Terrorists are planning to kidnap foreigners in tourist hotspots across the central and western Philippines, Western governments said Wednesday following a foiled abduction attempt by Islamic militants a month ago. President Rodrigo Duterte said security had been increased on the western island of Palawan, one of the Philippines’ most popular …

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Abu Sayyaf kidnapper killed – Chief backs ‘secret cell’

MANILA, April 29, (Agencies): The Philippines’ police chief has defended the detention of a dozen people inside a closet-sized secret cell in a case that raised further alarm about abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs. The government’s human rights commission discovered a dozen men and women packed …

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Extremists behead German hostage – Manila condemns ‘barbaric’ act

MANILA, Feb 27, (RTRS): The Philippines and Germany condemned on Monday the beheading of an elderly German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants who posted a video of the killing after a deadline for a $600,000 ransom passed. The video showed a machete-wielding militant behead Jurgen Kantner. The German …

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German hostage abducted in Philippines appears in video – Surrender or die: Police chief

MANILA, Jan 12, (AFP): Philippine Islamic militants have released a video showing an elderly German sailor abducted at sea late last year is alive, according to a security group that monitors jihadist activity. The Abu Sayyaf, a notorious kidnap-for-ransom gang based in the southern Philippines, released the video of Jurgen …

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Militants blamed over bombings in Philippines

MANILA, Dec 30, (AFP): The Philippine government blamed Islamic militants Friday for bomb attacks that left 52 people injured during the mainly Catholic nation’s Christmas holidays. An explosion ripped through fight fans watching a boxing match in the central town of Hilongos late Wednesday, while six people were hurt in …

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Four snatched off Philippines near Abu Sayyaf stronghold

Manila, Dec 21, 2016 (AFP) -Four crew from a Philippine-flagged fishing vessel have been snatched in waters off the country’s south where Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants have previously taken hostages, the military said Wednesday. A sister vessel found the unmanned FB Ramona 2 in the Celebes Sea early Tuesday, two …

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ISIS-linked militants under siege in town – Two soldiers wounded

MANILA, Philippines, Nov 26, (Agencies): Up to 100 Islamist militants from a group behind a deadly bombing in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city were on Saturday under siege in a remote mountain town, officials said. Residents of Butig, which has a population of 17,000, have fled after the IS-linked …

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Abu Sayyaf claims to have kidnapped German, killed woman

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military is verifying a claim by Abu Sayyaf militants that they have kidnapped a German man from a yacht and shot and killed his female companion, whose suspected body was found in the abandoned boat in the southern Philippines, officials said Monday. Regional military …

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Abu Sayyaf pockets $7.3m – Kidnap for ransom

MANILA, Philippines, Oct 27, (AP): Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants’ mobility, a confidential Philippine government report said. The joint …

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Militants hungry for caliphate: Duterte – Abu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage

MANILA, Sept 17, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants were hungry to establish a caliphate, as he toughens his stance on the kidnap-for-ransom group accused of a deadly bombing in his home city this month. The fiery leader, who has threatened to eat the militants …

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