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Police and military secure the site of an explosion in the town of Jolo, Sulu province southern Philippines on Monday Aug. 24, 2020. Bombs exploded in a southern Philippine town Monday, killing several soldiers and wounding other military personnel and civilians despite extra tight security due to recent threats from Abu Sayyaf militants. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)

Philippines captures suspected Indonesian would-be bomber

Oct. 10, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine forces on Saturday captured a suspected Indonesian would-be suicide bomber who the army believes was involved in a “very imminent” plot to attack a southern town, officials said. Army troops and police arrested Rezky Fantasya Rullie with two Filipino...

Philippine troops rescue man seized by suspected militants

Oct. 1, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops rescued a man who was held captive by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants after he managed to escape during a gunbattle, the military said Thursday. Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. said troops rescued Rex Triplitt on Wednesday after his...

Indonesian hostage dies in Philippine army, militant battle

Sep. 30, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One of the five Indonesians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines was killed Wednesday during a clash with troops, an Indonesian official said. La Baa was shot during an army operation against the Islamic State-linked group in Sulu province’s...

In this photo provided by the Lantawan Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, rescuers check the still smoldering remains of a Philippine air force S-76A Sikorsky helicopter after it crashed in Basilan island, southern Philippines on Wednesday Sept. 16, 2020. The helicopter was en route to airlift troops wounded from a recent suicide bombing crashed on a southern island Wednesday, killing all four crew members on board, officials said. (Lantawan Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office via AP)

Philippine air force helicopter crashes, 4 crew killed

Sep. 16, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine air force helicopter on its way to airlift troops wounded in a recent suicide bombing crashed on a southern island Wednesday, killing all four crew members on board, officials said. The Sikorsky S-76A took off from southern Zamboanga city for a flight to nearby...

Gunmen kill 9 motorcycle riders in southern Philippines

Aug. 30, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Gunmen blocked a group of motorcycle riders then opened fire with assault rifles in a busy downtown area in the southern Philippines, killing nine people, police said Sunday, in the latest violence to roil the volatile region. Police officials said the attack on the victims, who...