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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces fighting local Islamic State (IS) militants in war-ravaged Marawi City continue to advance to the main battle area and troops go on house-to-house searches scouring for booby traps and improvised explosives that have already killed scores of soldiers. Security officials said militants have planted explosives in…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY – Security forces fighting local IS militants in the war-ravaged city of Marawi in the southern Philippines continued to advance in the main battle area and troops searched house-to-house, scouring for booby traps and improvised explosives that had killed scores of soldiers. Security officials said militants have planted…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Communist rebels have flatly rejected demands by President Rodrigo Duterte for them to sign a ceasefire accord, saying it is tantamount to surrendering to the government. The President threatened to mount an all-out offensive against the New People’s Army (NPA) as soon as the crisis in Marawi City…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police have arrested two men implicated in the daring abduction of Jelster Ed Tiu Quimbo, son of Labason town mayor in Zamboanga del Norte. Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, regional police spokesman, on Saturday said suspects Soudi Pondusan Banguih, 36, and Edilberto Sarmago Albino, 61, were arrested in Sirawai…

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AN Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militant transporting improvised explosive devices was arrested in Patikul, Sulu, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said on Friday. Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, WestMinCom spokesman, said soldiers of the 45th Infantry Battalion (IB) intercepted Miham Saham at a checkpoint in Barangay Buhanginan at about 6 p.m.…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY – Government soldiers captured an Abu Sayyaf militant transporting an improvised explosive in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, officials said Friday. Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command, said the 24-year old Milham Saham was captured while attempting to cross a military checkpoint…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits freed on Thursday two kidnapped Indonesian sailors in Sulu where a clash between security forces and the notorious band left five soldiers wounded. Sailors Sawal Maryam and Sarapuddin Koni boarded a jeepney from the capital town of Jolo after their release in Indanan…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police arrested a wanted member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), who turned out to be a campaigner of President Rodrigo Duterte and a member of the military’s Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary in Basilan. Boy Benoh Hamja, alias Jimmy Boy Hamja, was captured…

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Security forces had killed at least 11 foreign militants along with over 600 members of the Maute group in fierce clashes in Marawi City, officials said Monday. Rear Admiral Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces in Western Mindanao, said some 150 soldiers have been killed since the fighting started…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Malaysia arrested eight Filipinos who illegally entered Sabah on Monday despite strict security patrol near the border, reports said. It said the skipper of the speedboat who brought the Filipinos managed to escape shortly after policemen intercepted the passengers in Kampung Padas. This was also confirmed by Sabah…

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