Abu Sayyaf


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  • noun

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a small gang of terrorist thugs claiming to seek a separate Islamic state for the Muslim minority in the Philippines

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Joint Task Group Sulu (JTGS) military commander Alan Arrojado identified the wounded militant as Ben Saudi, sub-leader of the Ajang-ajang subgroup of the Abu Sayyaf based in Sulu.
Misuari was concerned about the safety of the hostages and residents who live near the forested hideaway of the Abu Sayyaf Group, the source said.
Rami also revealed that top Philippine government officials were among members of the team that delivered the money to the Abu Sayyaf in an undisclosed village in Patikul.
Seven foreigners -- a Dutch man, a Swiss national, an Australian, two Malaysian traders, an Indian married to a Filipina and a Japanese man -- are believed to still be held by the Abu Sayyaf and other outlawed groups.
Government troops engaged about 70 members of the militant group at dawn Thursday in Patikul, Sulu, and captured an Abu Sayyaf camp after four hours of fighting.
A local official has confirmed that Parad was among six Abu Sayyaf fighters killed on Sunday in an encounter with a unit of Philippine marines in Maimbung town on Jolo island, 1,000km south of Manila.
He said the Abu Sayyaf unit was led by Albader Parad and Abu Pula, two senior commanders of the group thought to be holding Vagni.
Abu Sayyaf Commander Ghalib 'Robot' Andang had earlier pledged to free all six Europeans yesterday.
On October 17, the Abu Sayyaf freed the couple with Abu Raimi claiming that Germans were released after payment of the P250 million ransom.
The encounter was fierce and troops encountered a big group of the Abu Sayyaf," he said, adding extra forces and air support had since been called into the area.
Authorities were holding the wounded Abu Sayyaf member and captured another suspected Abu Sayyaf member, he said.
Among those who escaped are believed to be several key members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group.
ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government forces battled yesterday Abu Sayyaf militants in two fronts in the southern Philippines, where security forces, backed by US military, are trying to defeat the notorious group blamed for the spate of deadly attacks that left hundreds of people dead.
Government negotiators were also trying to resume food supplies and medical missions to the hostages, held by Abu Sayyaf rebels in the mountains of Jolo island, executive secretary Mr Ronaldo Zamora said.
Manila: The palace on Sunday confirmed that another key member of the Abu Sayyaf was killed in an encounter with government forces in Sulu.