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Thoughts of family kept Jolo hostage going

KOTA KINABALU: Thoughts about her mother and her two sons kept Thien Nyuk Fun going during her six months under the clutches of Abu Sayyaf gunmen.

Zahid: No ransom paid for release of Jolo hostage

MANCHESTER: No ransom was paid to secure the release of Jolo kidnap victim Thien Nyuk Fun, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

Most wanted JI leader among 15 dead in Jolo air strike

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Zulkifli Abdul Hir, one of the world’s most wanted men with a RM15mil bounty on his head, has been killed in a pre-dawn air attack in southern Philippines.

Where kidnapping is a lucrative industry

Kidnap for ransom groups in Jolo have become increasingly sophisticated and are now working in units that operate like a small army.

Deadly blasts, foggy info

Some details that have surfaced about the bomb attack at a Jolo church are unreliable, incomplete and confusing. This makes it hard to piece together what actually happened and to find the culprits.

'Kidnapping a cottage industry in poverty-stricken Sulu'

SULU: The hinterland of Jolo island is a terrorist stronghold which even the marines cannot penetrate, according to a source from the Philippines National Police (PNP) anti-kidnapping group.

Game of smoke and mirrors in kidnap isle

In the last five months, there have been two kidnappings in Semporna, Sabah, by gunmen from Sulu in southern Philippines. PHILIP GOLINGAI visited Jolo island – the Philippines’ cross border capital – to investigate why Filipino kidnappers are targeting Sabah

Hush-hush return of the sailors

Finding out when and how the Jolo kidnap victims came home was an exercise requiring good intelligence and a knowledge of how past episodes were handled.

Hostages safe following gunfight

KOTA KINABALU: A Malaysian and two Indonesians held by Abu Sayyaf gunmen are safe after the militants trying to escape from Jolo island were caught in a gunfight with the Philippine military earlier this week.

Sign up to help free hostages

An online petition has been set up to help free the two Malaysian hostages held by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Jolo for over 140 days now.