4 Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed in Bohol

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Four gunmen were killed in Bohol as government forces pursued remnants of an Islamic militant group behind a foiled mass kidnapping attempt there, authorities said on Sunday.

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The government said the dead suspects were stragglers from a boatload of southern Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf gunmen who sailed to the central island of Bohol early this month as part of a plot to kidnap tourists.

The raid had signalled an escalation of the kidnapping threat from the Abu Sayyaf, who are based on remote islands and also blamed for beheadings and deadly bombings.

“Terrorism has no place in the Visayas (central) region,” said a joint military and police statement announcing the death of four of the suspected kidnappers in Bohol on Saturday.

Six other Abu Sayyaf members had been killed in earlier clashes on the island on April 11, when three soldiers and a policeman were also slain, the authorities said.

The military said they had been pursuing up to seven of the remaining gunmen.

Three suspects were still on the run after the latest clashes, they said.

“The remaining lawless armed elements who are strangers in the area have nowhere to go,” the joint statement said.

“It could just be a matter of time before we can say that the threat (on Bohol) is totally eliminated.”
Bohol police said fresh fighting erupted midday Saturday at a rice and coconut farming village near the town of Clarin, adjacent to the area of the April 11 clashes.

The Abu Sayyaf, made up of several hundred Filipino Muslim militants, is notorious for kidnappings, beheadings and deadly bombings. Its leaders have also pledged allegiance to Islamic State gunmen in Iraq and Syria.

The fighting in Bohol, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Manila, caused a scare for the Philippines’
important tourism industry.

The Philippines alerted Western governments after the military said it got wind of an Abu Sayyaf plan to raid central Philippine resorts during the Easter holidays and kidnap up to a dozen tourists.

This led to travel warnings being issued by the United States, Australia, and other countries.

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  1. John Chameleon on

    Something is wrong and funny in the report: “The Philippines alerted Western governments after the military said it got wind of an Abu Sayyaf plan to raid central Philippine resorts during the Easter holidays and kidnap up to a dozen tourists.”

    I don’t want to disparage the military and police but news report must be factual. In the above spin, it was not the Philippines who alerted Western governments but the vise-versa was the truth.

    The West alerted their citizens through travel advisories alerting our PNP and military to take cognizance of the threat.

    In Bohol, it was the children who noticed the arrival of the bandits and reported it to the police thus allerting them to take action. Yes, children are the most reliable source of information like what happened in Bohol.

    As anyone can observe, our national security intelligence has some queer activities. Rare are results of the spying rounds against criminals and rebels with significance.

    Combatants who are hired goons of local drug lords posing as NPAs are accepted as pretended. Politician protectors of the ASG are not identified but the local people are saying about it..

    Most often, the bandits, especially the Abu Sayyaf, surprises and shames the authorities with their successful kidnapping as their (authorities) intelligence arms are caught napping.

    And follows gross news reports just says they are hotly pursued. Risking the lives of the victims and causing troubles to the community happens then.

    Decapitations were done by the terrorist and blew all over the world the country’s image.

    These decapitations bring untold misery and trouble to our economic development chance. Questions on this are what you find hard to answer when you’re abroad – and it’s embarrassing, very embarrassing.

    The public knows that the intelligence fund is the most corrupted money in the military and police as their liquidation is not stringent as the other government funds.

    Is the miserable output of intelligence activities of the armed forces and police infers corruption?

    Or does it suggest that some of our “bright” officers of the security forces are in covert link with the ASG, rebels and criminal groups for a share of the ransom and extortion money?

    Digong said, “Finish them (ASG).”

    Misuari said, “No. Let’s negotiate with them.” protecting the bandits.

    Police and military, “We release the ASG surrenderees because there’s no case filed against them.”

    The bandits find the crass and despicable act FUNNY. Yup, only in the Philippines where laws are disrespected and scuttled by criminals and by, hold on – the law-making bodies of the nation – with impunity.