Latest Abu Sayyaf News

Philippines: Militant wanted for beheadings, 3 others killed

Jun. 13, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed four Abu Sayyaf militants in a gunbattle Sunday in the country’s south, including a commander blamed for beheadings and a suspected would-be suicide bomber, military officials said. Army troops backed by police were...

Malaysia arrests Abu Sayyaf militants with Philippine help

May. 10, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysian authorities have captured eight suspected Abu Sayyaf militants who may have been planning ransom kidnappings in Malaysia, Philippine military officials said Monday, adding that they provided information that helped lead to the arrests. ...

Philippine troops kill Egyptian, 2 Filipino militants

Apr. 17, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed a suspected Egyptian would-be suicide bomber and two local Abu Sayyaf militants in what military officials said Saturday was a setback that would make it harder for gunmen linked to the Islamic State group to stage suicide attacks. ...

Filipino troops kill rebel commander, rescue last hostage

Mar. 21, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed an Abu Sayyaf rebel commander blamed for years of ransom kidnappings and on Sunday rescued the last of his four Indonesian captives, the military said. Marines wounded Amajan Sahidjuan in a gunbattle Saturday night and...