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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Unidentified gunmen seized an elderly Chinese trader in a daring broad daylight abduction in Sirawai town in Zamboanga del Norte. Reports said the armed suspects dragged the 60-year-old Christina Yee to a waiting pump boat that sped off toward the high seas on Monday afternoon. Police said Yee…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A three-year-old boy was killed while his mother, sister and a neighbor were wounded after gunmen opened fire on their house in Balobo village, Lamitan City in Basilan on Monday. It said Omal Lario was hit in the chest and died instantly while his mother Usaiya, 28, was…

MISUARI ASSISTS IN RELEASE OF CAPTIVES; PALACE DENIES RANSOM PAYMENT

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ABU SAYYAF bandits on Sunday freed three Indonesian tugboat crew members in Sulu, a day after they released a Norwegian captive. Indonesian sailors Teo Kopong, Lorenz Koten and Emmanuel, who were kidnapped in July in Sabah, were handed over, along with Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad, to Moro National Liberation Front…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants linked to the Islamic State have freed Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad following negotiations with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the military said on Saturday.

Sekkingstad was turned over by the rebel group late Friday to MNLF commander Tahil Sali…

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THE Davao City government has urged Muslims to use hijab instead of niqab and burka, and citizens not to wear masks that cover the face, especially in public places, in wake of a fatal bombing recently that killed 15 people and wounded over 70 others. Citizens are also discouraged to…

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A PREGNANT woman who was seriously wounded in the recent Davao City bomb attack has died after she lapsed into a coma for 11 days. Officials said Vicenta Asperin, who was seven months’ pregnant, died from severe brain damage and heart failure on Monday at Metro Davao Medical and Research…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces have launched an operation to rescue a gas station owner who was abducted in Lanao del Norte province on Monday. Authorities said businesswoman Clarita Belisario, 59, was snatched by armed men while traveling in Linamon town on board several vehicles. It was unclear if the cars…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A village (barangay) chief and four of her companions were killed in an ambush on Tuesday in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. Police said Marianita Pitogo of Barangay Lison Valley and her companions, who were not immediately named, were traveling in a jeep when armed men attacked them…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine military on Monday said it is exchanging intelligence with Malaysia following the abduction of three fishermen by suspected Filipino gunmen in Sabah. Seven gunmen abducted the trio in a daring cross-border raid into the rich Malaysian state just off the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi on…

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