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Where kidnapping is a business

When southern Philippines is a prosperous neighbour, then perhaps cross-border abductions will stop.

Manila on the lookout for kidnapped Malaysians

MANILA: Philippine security forces are closely monitoring Tawi-Tawi and Sulu provinces after 10 Malaysian fishermen were kidnapped last Tuesday by suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen off Sabah’s waters as they were believed to be taken to the bandits’ jungle lair in southern Philippines, Xinhua news agency reported.

Detained militant recruited Jolo bombers

KUALA LUMPUR: An Indonesian Islamic State (IS) militant, who was among three detained last month, was responsible for smuggling an Indonesian family of four, identified as the attackers of a church in Jolo, southern Philippines.

Why kidnap sea gypsies?

KOTA KINABALU: Abu Sayyaf-linked gunmen have snatched 10 fishermen, the second highest number of hostages in nearly two decades since the 2000 Sipadan kidnapping of 21 Malaysians and foreigners.

IGP: Abu Sayyaf still poses a threat, Esscom to be restructured

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The threat of Abu Sayyaf group believed to be based in Jolo, Sulu, on islands in eastern Sabah is still high despite the establishment of Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), says Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.

Philippines votes in polls expected to strengthen Duterte

Manila (AFP): Filipinos headed to the polls on Monday in a vote that is expected to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte's grip on power, opening the way for him to deliver on pledges to restore the death penalty and rewrite the constitution.

Sri Lanka attacks likely the work of Islamist militants - experts

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Coordinated Easter Sunday bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka bore the hallmarks of militant groups Islamic State or al Qaeda, security experts said on Monday, citing the level of sophistication of the attacks.

Paying the heavy price to stay alive

ON the night of April 4, a Filipino contact informed me via Facebook messenger that a Malaysian KV (kidnap victim) was rescued near Jolo island and he was on board a helicopter bound for Zamboanga City.

Malaysian hostage Jari laid to rest

SANDAKAN: Malaysian hostage Jari Abdullah, who died a few days after escaping from the Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines, was laid to rest at the Kampung Sim-Sim Muslim cemetery here.

Malaysian kidnap victim Jari Abdullah laid to rest

SANDAKAN: Malaysian hostage Jari Abdullah was laid to rest at the Kampung Sim-Sim Muslim cemetery here on Friday (April 12).