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DNA tests confirm identity of 1st Filipino suicide attacker

Jul. 10, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — DNA tests have confirmed the identity of the first known Filipino suicide bomber in the country's south, an alarming milestone that underscores the need for public vigilance and a modernized armed forces, officials said Wednesday. Two attackers carrying explosives killed three...

Philippines: 1st known Filipino suicide attacker identified

Jul. 2, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities have identified as a Filipino militant one of two suicide attackers who set off bombs last week that killed five people and the bombers in a southern army camp, a Filipino general said Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told The Associated Press that the...

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf chief likely plotted suicide attacks

Jun. 29, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

JOLO, Philippines (AP) — An Abu Sayyaf commander aligned with the Islamic State group most likely plotted the suicide attacks on an army camp in the volatile southern Philippines by two militants whose identities remain unknown, a Philippine official said Saturday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano cited...

Suspected suicide bombings in Philippine army camp kill 7

Jun. 28, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two suspected Muslim militant suicide attackers detonated bombs in an army camp in the southern Philippines on Friday, killing three soldiers, two civilians and themselves, military officials said. Twelve other soldiers were wounded in the "inhumane" attack by suspected Abu...

Watchdog says Filipino gangs seized 10 fishermen off Borneo

Jun. 18, 2019 1:59 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Filipino kidnap-for-ransom gangs raided two fishing boats and abducted 10 crew members Tuesday in waters off Borneo island, a Malaysian official and a maritime watchdog said. The kidnapping, which came after a 6-month lull of such activities, renewed concerns about security...

Dutch hostage held by Filipino militants killed in gunbattle

May. 31, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A long-held Dutch hostage was fatally shot by his militant captors Friday when he tried to escape during a gunbattle in the jungles of the southern Philippines, military officials said. Ewold Horn was killed when he made a dash to freedom during a fierce firefight between the Abu...