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Southeast Asia
Three killed, including toddler, in Abu Sayyaf attack
2019-08-16
[SunStar] A Philippine soldier, a militiaman and a toddler were killed in an Abu Sayyaf attack while the Muslim community was observing Eid'l Adha on Monday. The soldier and militiaman were aboard a motorcycle when they were attacked at on Monday morning in the village of Kagay in Talipao, Sulu. They died instantaneously.

Two children, two-year-old Salma Abdukalim Sahisa and 11-year-old Darna Abdukalim Sahisa, were also injured in the incident. Salma passed away while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Jolo. Military spokesman John Encinas said the two children were playing by the roadside when the ambush occurred. They were hit by stray bullets.

Encinas said both the soldier and militiaman were unarmed.
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Southeast Asia
Three Abu Sayyaf rebels gunned down in Basilan
2019-08-07
[Xinhua] Three suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels were killed in a raid conducted by Philippine security forces conducted before dawn on Friday on the island province of Basilan. Police said four others were injured.

A joint team of policemen and soldiers raided the hideout of Hajan Apino, alias Abu Omar in the remote village of Cadiis of the Hadji Mohammad Ajul town. Apino is reportedly a senior member of the terrorist group with two arrest warrants for committing robbery with multiple homicide and frustrated homicide and double murder in connection with Wednesday's attack in Lamitan, Basilan's capital city.

Police said the suspects resisted arrest, forcing the government team to fire shots. Those injued were arrested, police added.
Basilan: 2019-07-29 Abu Sayyaf bomber arrested in Sibugay
Basilan: 2019-07-22 Two Abus, one NPA nabbed in separate operations
Basilan: 2019-07-22 Five Abus rounded up in Basilan, Sulu
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Southeast Asia
Abu Sayyaf bomber arrested in Sibugay
2019-07-29
[PhilStar] An Abu Sayyaf bomber was arrested in a joint police and military operation in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay on July 24. Isnaji Hasim was nabbed at his safehouse in Barangay Bangkaw-Bangkaw.

Military spokesman Don Templonuevo said a rifle, a grenade, an improvised explosive device and bomb materials were recovered from the suspect. He said Hasim is with the group of Furuji Indama based in Basilan and an associate of Hashim Saripa, who was tagged in the bombing of a military checkpoint in Lamitan City on July 31 last year that killed ten people and left nine others injured.

Templonuevo said Hasim was also reportedly involved in the bombing of a terminal in Barangay Guiwan, Zamboanga City on June 23, 2015. Five people were killed and 53 others were injured in that incident.
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Southeast Asia
Two Abus recently nabbed in the Philippines
2019-07-29
[PhilStar] After 17 years in hiding, two suspected Abu Sayyaf rebel were arrested recently by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Metro Manila for their alleged role in a 2002 kidnapping case. Anwar Sabarul Mohotoh and Julmain Maomar Timbao were apprehended in Quiapo, Manila, and Culiat, Quezon City on July 12 and 17, respectively.

NBI deputy director Eric Distor said Mohotoh and Timbao were among 13 alleged Abu Sayyaf militants arrested by the NBI since February. The Pasig City regional trial court had issued warrants for the arrest of the suspects for the kidnapping of six Jehovah’s Witness members. The suspects beheaded two of the victims.

Mohotoh posed as a pedicab driver and Timbao opened a food stall in their efforts to hide from authorities by integrating with the community. Mohotoh, believed to be a nephew of slain Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, had planned to stage bombings in Metro Manila and to extort business establishments, according to NBI counterterrorism division chief Raoul Mangerra.

Timbao, a bomb-making expert, is reportedly a member of the Abu Sayyaf Urban Terrorist Group-Special Operations Unit and a trusted associate of Hapilon. He reportedly accompanied Hapilon’s son and Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Sabaya to and from Marawi.

Authorities have yet to establish if Timbao was involved in the 2017 Marawi siege staged by the Maute group.
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Southeast Asia
Two Abus, one NPA nabbed in separate operations
2019-07-22
[Journal Online ]Three elusive militants, one of them a most wanted New People’s Army rebel and the two others members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were hauled to jail by agents of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) in separate manhunt operations

In a report, the arrested suspects were identified as wanted Abu Sayyaf rebels Gappal Saripada, alias ‘Badigoy/Gong,' and Amil Hamja Hamsain; and Cheryl Mama Tolino, alias ‘Ka Che,’ a known NPA organizer in Central Mindanao.

Saripad, also known as Gappal Bannah/Maidan/Boy Negro’ was nabbed in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay last Saturday. The suspect was the subject of a warrant of arrest for multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder issued on September 4, 2018. The suspect was described as a brother of Hashim Saripada, alias ‘Ibnu Kashir Saripada,' and said that both are Abu Sayyaf bomb makers wanted for their role in a 2018 bombing in Lamitan, Basilan which killed at least ten people near a military detachment in the area. The bombing was said to have been ordered by Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama.

The official said that the suspects are also wanted for their involvement in the 2005 Valentine’s Day bombing in different cities which killed at least nine innocent victims.

The second suspect identified as Hamsain, was arrested in Zamboanga City last July 4 while in possession of two fragmentation grenades.

Tolino was arrested in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat on a warrant of arrest for murder and nine counts of frustrated murder.
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Southeast Asia
Five Abus rounded up in Basilan, Sulu
2019-07-22
[PhilStar] Five Abu Sayyaf militants operating in Sulu and Basilan surrendered to the regional police office in this city on Thursday.

Zamboanga police spokesman Froilan Quidilla said the rebels also turned over five rifles, two of which have grenade launchers; several magazines with ammunition, four rounds of rifle grenades and two fragmentation grenades.

“The continued campaign to convince Abu Sayyaf members to return to the fold of law and... pressures brought by relentless efforts of the Joint Peace and Security Control Center... resulted in the surrender,” Quidilla said.
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Southeast Asia
Abu killed, nine surrender in Basilan
2019-07-19
[Business World] Nine Abu Sayyaf militants surrendered to Philippine troops in Sulu on July 15, the military reported late Wednesday. Upon surrender, they also turned over their weapons consisting of seven high-powered and two low-powered firearms.

Military spokesman Cirilito Sobejana said in a statement, “I would like to attribute this success to the loving people of Sulu who continuously support us in our campaign against the Abu Sayyaf. We anticipate that in the coming days, the remaining bandits will opt to lay down their arms and choose to live a peaceful life,”

Also last Monday, a high-ranking member of the rebel group was killed in Basilan after attempting to evade arrest by government troops. Military spokesman Fernando Reyeg said, “Arod Wahing pulled his gun and grenade when security forces raided his safe house.”

Wahing was one of the suspects in the kidnappings of Dutch Ewold Horn in 2012 and a German couple in 2014. “He is a trusted follower of Abu Sayyaf top leader Radullan Sahiron in Sulu,” Reyeg said, “He, however, fled to Basilan to escape the series of armed engagements with military forces in Sulu.”
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Southeast Asia
Manila says first Filipino ‘suicide bomber’ behind last month’s attack
2019-07-11
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Philippine security forces confirmed Wednesday that at least one Filipino "jacket wallah" was behind a deadly attack last month, in a first for the Asian country.

Norman Lasuca and one other yet to be identified suspect blew themselves up outside a military camp on the remote southern island of Jolo on June 28 in an attack that also killed three soldiers and two civilians, the police and military said.

"We can now confirm... the incidence of the first suicide kaboom in the Philippines, perpetrated by a Filipino in the person of Norman Lasuca," military front man Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo told a news conference.

The Jolo bombing marks a worrying escalation of militancy driven by the influence of the ISIS group in Southeast Asia, security experts earlier told AFP.

A decades-old Death Eater insurgency in the southern Philippines has killed tens of thousands.

But suicide kabooms have been used extremely rarely, with imported muscle blamed for the few that have been carried out.

National police front man Bernard Banac described last month’s bombing as "a locally initiated attack organized by the Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
group", a Jolo-based gang of murderous Moslems engaged in kidnappings and bombings.

"The report as claimed by ISIS that they are the ones responsible for this is still up to validation and that remains to be seen," he told news hounds, referring to ISIS by an alternative name.

Philippine authorities said the two suspected Jolo bombers’ remains were tested for DNA, and one matched that of Lasuca’s mother and brother, who are both Tausugs, the predominant Moslem ethnic group in Jolo.

Experts are still attempting to identify the second bomber, Banac said.

"Before, we only heard of IED (improvised bomb) attacks, remote-controlled attacks but this time an individual went kaboom! as a full-fledged suicide bomber," Arevalo said.

"We (security forces) will have adjustments in techniques, tactics and procedures given this development," he said.

"We consider this to be an isolated case," he added.

However,
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
he acknowledged that "the security environment in our country has changed" and civilians should help the security forces combat the new threat.

They must ensure prospective recruits "won’t be radicalized by terrorist groups (who are) only waiting for the right time and individual to bring to the road of extremism," he said.

Arevalo said Lasuca’s mother described the son, in his early twenties, as a former "battered" child who endured beatings meted out by his father.

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Southeast Asia
Abu faction believed behind Sulu bombing
2019-06-30
[PhilStar] An Abu Sayyaf faction is suspected to be behind a bomb attack on a military camp in Sulu on Friday. Westmincom spokesman Cirilito Sobejana said the group is led by Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, whose members pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Sawadjaan's faction was also tagged in the suicide bombing at Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo last December, which left 22 people dead and 101 wounded.

He said the other faction is led by Radullan Sahiron.

Sobejana, who arrived at the Westmincom office in this city from Sulu yesterday, said troops conducted an inspection and assessment at the First Brigade Combat Team command post in Barangay Tanjung, the target of the attack.

Sobejana said initial assessment showed that two improvised explosive devices might have been detonated remotely contrary to earlier reports of a suicide bombing. He said, "We are checking the circumstances, we are validating the incident, we wanted to make sure if this was suicide bombing or an IED attack. It can also be that the perpetrators were carrying the bomb and somebody from a distance observed their actions and the actions of the soldiers and triggered remotely the IED."

Meanwhile, the number of those killed and injured in the bombing has increased. The death toll rose from five to seven, including two civilians. The number of those injured increased from 11 to 22.
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Southeast Asia
Three Soldiers Killed in Philippines' Restive South, ISIS claims attack
2019-06-29
[AnNahar] An attack on a special Philippine army counter-terrorism unit left three soldiers dead and nine others maimed in the southern Philippines on Friday, military spokesmen and witnesses told AFP.

Unknown suspects targeted the unit's temporary headquarters on the island of Jolo, a stronghold of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
-linked Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
turbans.

"It was a bomb and a firefight," army front man Colonel Ramon Zagala told AFP, adding the attackers' identities were not immediately known.

An AFP news hound on the scene saw a blood-soaked man slumped on a tricycle on a street also stained with blood in front of the temporary headquarters of the army's 1,500-member First Brigade Combat team.

The Philippines has renewed its campaign against the Death Eaters in Jolo this year after at least one suspected jacket wallah attacked the island's Roman Catholic cathedral, killing 21 people.

Major Arvin Arcinas, the region's military front man, said three army members were killed in Friday's attack, with nine other soldiers were maimed.

He said he could not confirm if there were civilian casualties and could not say what kind of explosives were used.

Jolo and other remote areas of the southern Philippines are home to numerous gangs including the Abu Sayyaf, which is notorious for kidnappings and bombings.

The turbans, who demand large ransoms and have beheaded several hostages, have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

The army deployed the specially trained unit in the Jolo town of Indanan four weeks ago.

In the same week, a Dutch birdwatcher held for years by the Abu Sayyaf was killed in Jolo during a firefight between his kidnappers and soldiers sent to rescue him.

ISIS claims responsibility for Philippine army camp bombing that left 5 dead

[Reuters via Task & Purpose] An explosion at a military base in the restive southern Philippines on Friday killed five people, including three soldiers, and wounded nine others in what Islamic State said was an attack by its suicide bombers.

The military said the blast occurred at around noon at a base on Jolo island, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, a splintered militant network notorious for kidnapping and piracy and for its pledge of allegiance to Islamic State.

Islamic State said via its Amaq news agency that its fighters had infiltrated the base strapped with explosives and killed or wounded 100 soldiers. It posted an image of two young men standing beside a black Islamic State flag, wearing what appeared to be vests designed to hold explosives.

Neither the claim nor the authenticity of the photograph could be immediately verified.

The incident will be a major setback for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's goal of wiping out Abu Sayyaf, for which he has created a special infantry division on Jolo to be comprised of 4,500 troops by 2022.

There was no immediate comment from Duterte's office.
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Southeast Asia
Six Abu Sayyaf militants nabbed in separate operations
2019-06-13
[Yahoo] The Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented to the media on June 11 six Abu Sayyaf militants who were arrested in separate operations last month. The NBI said that the six were arrested in Taguig City, Balanga City in Bataan, and Zamboanga City on May 16 and 20.

NBI spokesman Ferdinand Lavin said, "The six arrested were involved in various terrorist activities, ranging from ambush, kidnap for ransom, bombing in southern Philippines, and recruitment of other members.”

He added that the arrest stemmed from intelligence reports that have led them to the whereabouts of Azmier Maalum in Taguig City. The joint operation nabbed Maalum, along with Amar Assan, Musa Tahil Sampang, Jamil Ibrahim, Yong Aming, and Majuk Tahil Amil.

Maalum has several warrants for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Golden Harvest plantation workers in Basilan in 2001, while Sampang was involved in several bombing incidents also in Basilan.

The NBI said the six had been recruiting members in Metro Manila.
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Terror Networks
ISIS bride helping CIA track down Baghdadi
2019-06-02
You go, girl!
[ALMASDARNEWS] The most senior female ISIS prisoner has played a significant role in the CIA’s manhunt for His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...the head of ISIS, or what remains of it, and a veteran of the Abu Graib jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us. So far he has been killed at least four times, though not yet by a stake through the heart...
, it has been revealed by the Guardian.

The ISIS woman, Nisrine Assad Ibrahim, better known by her doom-inducing nom de guerre, Umm Sayyaf, has reportedly helped in joint CIA-Kurdish efforts to track down Mr Baghdadi by providing detailed accounts of his movements over the years, including the locations of safe houses as well as the obscure traveling routes that he takes.

Miss Sayyaf, 29-years-old, and believed to be Iraqi, was captured in a 2015 US Delta Force raid in Syria, in which her husband, ISIS’s then-second in command and the group’s so-called oil minister, Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
, was killed.

Since being detained, Miss Sayyaf has reportedly spent many hours helping American Sherlocks use maps to determine where Baghdadi may be bogged down.

"They were very polite [the American Sherlocks] and wore civilian clothes," she told the Guardian, "I showed them everything I knew."

In February 2016, Miss Sayyaf is said to have provided the location of a house in the northern Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
where she believed Baghdadi was hiding out. Yet, despite being so close to bagging the world’s most wanted man, Kurdish officials told the Guardian that the US did not want to carry out an Arclight airstrike on the home for fear of killing civilians in the tightly packed neighbourhood.

"I told them where the house was," Umm Sayyaf is reported as having said.

"I knew he’d been there because it was one of the houses that was provided for him, and one of the places he liked the most," she told the Guardian.
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