Category: Terrorism

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Davao police official detained for attempted Abu Sayyaf rescue

Davao police official detained for attempted Abu Sayyaf rescue

A police official and her companions have been detained under suspicion of collusion with members of the Abu Sayyaf Group currently at large in Bohol.   Clarin, Bohol — A police official and her companions have been detained under suspicion of collusion with members of the Abu Sayyaf Group currently at large in Bohol, following...

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One Cop Killed, Two Wounded in NPA Ambuscades in Surigao del Sur

A police officer was killed, two others were wounded, and two were able to escape from two separate ambush incidents involving New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Cortes, Surigao del Sur Friday. According to SecurityMatters sources, some 50 NPA rebels ambushed a police car carrying four officers at around 9 a.m. in Purok 5, Barangay...

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Troops Discover NPA Landmine Cache in Bukidnon

Joint elements of the Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, and the Public Safety Company of the Philippine National Police (PNP) discovered a landmine cache owned by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Kitaotao, Bukidnon. According to Capt. Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincon), the troops...

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ASG Sub-Leader Collared in Zamboanga Sibugay

An Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader wanted for 21 counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention has been arrested in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay. Reports from the Region 9 police office said joint police and military operatives nabbed Ibni Acosta, an alleged “operations leader” at his hideout in Barangay Poblacion shortly before 11 p.m. on Tuesday. Acosta,...

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Suspected NPA Rebels Torch Heavy Equipment in Davao del Sur

Several heavy equipment units belonging to an unidentified construction firm manning a road widening project at a section of the Davao City-Gensan Road were torched by suspected NPA rebels in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. According to SecurityMatters sources, armed men believed to be communist rebels simultaneously burned two road-building heavy equipment along the national...

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Two Coast Guard Men Escape from Abu Sayyaf Abductors

Two Philippine Coast Guard personnel escaped separately from their Abu Sayyaf captors Thursday after an intense firefight broke out between the bandit group and government troops on Wednesday, the military said. Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Captain Rowena Muyuela said Seaman First Class Rod Pagaling and Seaman Second Class Gringo Villaruz...

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Terrorist Marwan, 37 Policemen, 6 BIFF Killed in Maguindanao

Reports reaching SecurityMatters indicate that one of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most wanted terrorists was killed together with more than 37 policemen in the vicinity of Barangay Pidsandawan, Mamasapano municipality, Maguindanao on Sunday, 25 January 2015. Twelve other policemen were also reportedly taken hostage by BIFF elements while six were killed and...

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Usual Safety Hazards and Security Threats on Papal Visit 2015

Although officials from the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said in earlier reports that they have not seen any imminent or direct threat on the incoming visit of Pope Francis on January 15-19, security consultancy expert and SecurityMatters’ editor-in-chief Ace Esmeralda said there are still the usual safety...