3 gov’t troopers killed in Abu Sayyaf landmine attack

Manila, Philippines |  | Wednesday 3/4/2015 – Islamic extremists in the southern Philippines ambushed a military convoy Wednesday by planting a landmine that killed three soldiers, the latest outbreak of violence as the government cracks down on the militants. The military convoy...

PHL nabs rebel linked to US soldiers’ bombing death

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine security forces have arrested a Muslim rebel linked to a 2009 roadside bombing that killed two US soldiers on the volatile southern island of Jolo, a police official said Monday. Mihaji Hamjuda, also known as Mahang, was arrested in a joint operation by...

Death toll in assault on militants rises to 26

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area. The latest fatalities on the southern island of Jolo bring to 33...

Five dead in blast outside Philippine school

ZAMBOANGA, March 10, 2011 (AFP) – A powerful blast believed to be from an improvised bomb killed five people outside a primary school in the southern Philippine island of Jolo on Thursday, the military said. Those killed were rickshaw drivers waiting for commuters, but the...

Fresh attacks on Christians mar Christmas celebrations

VATICAN CITY, December 25, 2010 (AFP) – Fresh attacks on Christians marred the Christmas holiday Saturday as Pope Benedict XVI led pleas by religious leaders for an end to persecution in Iraq and peace in the Middle East. While record crowds flocked to Bethlehem, the...

Suspect identified in Philippine Christmas attack

MANILA, December 27, 2010 (AFP) – President Benigno Aquino said Monday that investigators had identified a suspect and a possible “terror plot” in the Christmas day bombing of a church in the southern Philippines. Although the attack on the island of Jolo only...