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39 Indon and Malaysian fishermen held

Philippine authorities have detained 39 Indonesian and Malaysian fishermen for allegedly poaching in border waters off the southern Philippines, the military said Thursday.

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Basilan may be cordoned off, says Arroyo

The southern island of Basilan may be cordoned off as part of a massive manhunt for Muslim militants who staged a jailbreak, Philippine president Gloria Arroyo said yesterday.


Gunmen take three sailors hostage off Sabah coast

A group of eight to 10 heavily armed gunmen, in black uniforms and masks, stormed a tugboat towing a barge in the Sulu Sea and snatched three crewmembers on Sunday night.


Sabah on alert for militants

All entry points into Sabah are under close watch following Saturday's prison breakout by Abu Sayyaf gunmen - three days after one of their top leaders was shot dead in southern Philippines.

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Over 20 Abu Sayyaf guerillas escape from jail

Eight escapees were killed after at least 53 prisoners including about 20 suspected Abu Sayyaf guerillas broke out of jail in the southern Philippines Saturday, officials said.

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Abu Sayyaf leader, five members killed in clash

Six members of the Abu Sayyaf group, including a senior leader wanted by the United States, were killed in a clash yesterday with troops on southern Basilan island, officials said.

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Arroyo to meet Muslim leaders over arrests

B>MANILA:/BPresident Gloria Arroyo was to meet with Muslim leaders later yesterday to discuss complaints over an alleged anti-Muslim bias in the Philippines' crackdown against suspected terrorists, officials said.

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Alleged bombers charged

Criminal charges have been filed against six suspected Abu Sayyaf guerillas who were arrested while allegedly plotting to bomb shopping malls, trains and television stations in the Philippines capital, officials said Tuesday.

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Group ‘opposed to peace’

A radical faction within the Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group is opposed to the current peace process and is training militants linked to terror groups, the country's top defence official said yesterday.

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Muslims denounce arrests

Islamic community leaders in Manila yesterday denounced a wave of arrests of suspected al-Qaeda-linked terrorists, accusing the Philippine government of using minority Muslims as 'sacrificial lambs''.