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Capture of leader a blow to Abu Sayyaf

The al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf kidnap group in the southern Philippines has been dealt a severe blow with the capture of its top leader in a military operation, President Gloria Arroyo said yesterday.

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Captured Abu Sayyaf commander shows remorse

A senior Muslim guerilla commander captured by the military has expressed remorse for a series of ransom kidnappings by his Abu Sayyaf extremist group, officials said yesterday.

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Estrada aide ‘swindled government’

B>MANILA:/BAn adviser of then President Joseph Estrada took two million pesos (RM136,917) of the ransom for the Abu Sayyaf hostages, or twice the 'reimbursement' amount for purported negotiation expenses.


KL to seek Manila's help to quiz captured Galib

The Government will seek the help of Philippine authorities to interrogate Galib Andang, or Commander Robot, over a spate of kidnappings which occurred in the east coast of Sabah since 2000.


Malaysia can quiz Abu Sayyaf leader, says Manila

Malaysia will be allowed to quiz a captured top leader of the Filipino kidnap-for-ransom group Abu Sayyaf who remains under tight guard at a military hospital, a Philippine official said yesterday.


Securing eastern border

Newly-appointed Sabah Police Commissioner Deputy Comm Datuk Illiyas Ibrahim has set his sights on fully securing Malaysia's eastern border with the Philippines amid reports of armed groups roaming close to sea borders.

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‘Robot’ denies Sipadan kidnappings

A suspected Muslim extremist leader pleaded innocent yesterday to charges of organising the 2000 kidnapping of 21 people, including Western tourists, from a Malaysian resort in one of Asia's most high-profile abductions.

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‘Abu Sayyaf behind blast’

B>MARIVELES (Philippines):/BThe Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility yesterday for an explosion on a ferry that sparked a fire and left 180 passengers missing, according to a radio report.

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Suspected bomber was on ferry, say officials

B>MARIVELES (Philippines):/BClutching photos and flowers, the relatives of 134 people missing after a Philippine ferry fire visited the wreck yesterday as officials said the passengers included a man named by rebels as a suicide bomber.

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Manila sets up inter-agency task force

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo announced yesterday the creation of a high-level inter-agency task force against terrorism following the deadly bombings in Madrid this month.