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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Soldiers disarmed an improvised explosive on Friday in Isabela City, Basilan where security forces are battling the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). The improvised explosive was discovered by civilians near the house of provincial engineer Soler Undug in the village of San Rafael. It was unknown who planted…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine Army said 11 Abu Sayyaf members surrendered on Monday in Basilan where security forces are battling the group tied to the Islamic State. The bandits – Ring Langka, Tari and Halid Murasimin, Moton Indama, Haimin Jalil, Marham Musana, Sadjara Hadjarama, Gulam Hajim, Haraward Sahirulla, Basri Laisun…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: About 10 Abu Sayyaf bandits hijacked a South Korean cargo ship and abducted its captain and a Filipino crew while sailing off Bongao town in Tawi-Tawi province. Officials said Park Chul Hong, ship captain of MV Dong Bang Giant, and crew Glenn Alindajao were seized by gunmen late…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Army soldiers captured an Abu Sayyaf bandit in continuing operations in Sulu against the terrorist group tied to the Islamic State. It said soldiers from the 14th Infantry Battalion nabbed Pauji Asgari in Talipao town on Tuesday after villagers tipped off the military on the presence of Abu…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: An Abu Sayyaf bandit arrested by government soldiers was fatally shot after he grabbed the firearm of one of his guards in Tawi-Tawi. Officials said Ustab Anji was killed on Monday in the village of Magsagaw in Panglima Sugala town while troops were on their way to police…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Unidentified gunmen opened fire, killing a bodyguard of Vice Mayor Samsudin Sangki of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. Sangki was wounded in the attack on Sunday night. House owner Melchor Tagle, chairman of Barangay Kangkong in Esperanza town, was also injured in the strafing that killed Harold Kalon, Sangki’s bodyguard.…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf militants on Saturday ambushed a group of pro-government militiamen in the restive province of Basilan in the Muslim autonomous region and killing one of them, officials said. Officials said the attack occurred in the village called Limbo Candis in Sumisip town. The militias were traveling on…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has dismissed all charges filed against former Sulu go­vernor Sakur Tan by a political foe in connection with his declaration of a state of emergency in the province in 2009. Morales signed last September 9 an order dismissing the charges filed by complainant Temogen Tulawie,…

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POLICE operatives shot dead a politician during an anti-narcotics operation in North Cotabato on Tuesday. The operation also netted several others, including a son of a police official. The slain suspect, Dindo Piang, allegedly attacked security forces out to search the houses of suspected drug pushers, sparking a firefight. Piang…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Philippine military officials were silent over reports that a small group of US troops deployed to Zamboanga City have started packing up after President Rodrigo Duterte canceled a joint patrol in the South China Sea and scrapped future war games between the two countries. American soldiers are still…

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