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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Islamic State (IS) has claimed its local counterparts have killed 19 soldiers in an ambush in the besieged city of Marawi where security forces are battling militants for over two months now. The IS made the announcement on Friday through its self-styled Amaq news agency after the…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Dozens of Muslims, including four teenagers, recruited by former rebel group Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) allegedly to train as soldiers have been caught, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday. Authorities said at least 27 people from the restive province of Basilan were held in the…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Singapore has offered to help the Philippines fight the Islamic State-linked Maute Group by providing the Armed Forces of the Philippines surveillance drones and urban warfare training. Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana briefed him on the situation in Marawi City and told him…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two Philippine Army soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in fierce clashes with communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a village in Zamboanga del Norte province in southern Mindanao. Police said the fighting erupted over the weekend in Barangay Tinaplan, Sindangan town. They added that the…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police launched a manhunt for 10 prisoners who escaped from jail before dawn on Sunday in Jolo, capital of the southern Philippine province of Sulu. Police said three other prisoners were shot dead by jail guards who managed to stop some three dozen inmates from escaping. One prisoner…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police authorities here are interrogating an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandit linked to the kidnappings of 21 mostly foreign holidaymakers in Malaysia’s posh island resort of Sipadan in 2000. Police said Abdulmubin Kudalat Salahuddin, who is employed as a security guard, was arrested on July 13 in the…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two police officers from Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces were captured and being held “prisoners of war” by the communist New People’s Army (NPA). A rebel spokesman, Roel Agustin, on Friday said both Police Officer 1 Alfredo Basabica and Senior Police Officer 2 George Rupinta are being…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A Vietnamese sailor kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf group was found in a village in Sulu province where security forces clashed with militants. A bullet-riddled body, believed to be that of MV Royal 16 cargo crew member Tran Khac Dung, was recovered in the village of Buhanginan in…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government troops killed an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandit in a clash on Friday that left four soldiers wounded in a remote town in Basilan. Officials said the fighting erupted after the bandits under Nawapi Abdulsaid attacked a group of soldiers in the village of Bohe Pahu in…

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