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Security forces chasing 44 Abu Sayyaf

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , , on September 2, 2009 by admin

SSecurity forces are in pursuit of 44 Abu Sayyaf members as intelligence operations continue to determine the bandit group’s links to regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah and rogue elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Senior Supt. Reginald Villasanta, Philippine National Police (PNP) Intelligence Group deputy chief, told reporters Tuesday the 44 were involved in the 2001 abduction of foreigners and locals from the Dos Palmas resort in Palawan and the March 29, 2000, kidnapping of teachers, students and priests in Sumisip, Basilan.

“Of course, there are still Abu Sayyaf leaders remaining. So aside from those high-value targets, we are also prioritizing efforts to arrest these 44 remaining members,” said Villasanta in a press conference in Camp Crame.

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500 troops deployed in Filipino Paquibato District

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , , on August 28, 2009 by admin

500 troops deployed vs rebels, terrorism | Mindanao Times

ABOUT 500 soldiers were deployed in Paquibato and Marilog districts to augment the Task Force Davao for counter-insurgency and terrorism operations .
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with Major General Reynaldo Mapagu, commander of the 10th Infantry Division, and Colonel Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the TF Davao, welcomed the troops headed by Lt. Col. Cesar De Mesa, battalion commander of the 69th Infantry Battalion, during the formal welcome ceremony in Sta. Ana Wharf yesterday.
The ceremony was also attended by five barangay chairpersons from Paquibato District.

Filipino terrorist leader caught

Posted in arrested terrorists with tags , , , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

The recent capture of a Filipino terror suspect long sought by American and Philippine security officials has crippled his violent al-Qaida-linked group believed to be responsible for one of Southeast Asia’s deadliest terror attacks, police said Tuesday.

Dinno-Amor Rosalejos Pareja, also known as Khalil Pareja, allegedly headed the Rajah Solaiman Movement — a group of Christian converts to Islam — that officials say was behind the 2004 Manila ferry bombing that killed 116 people in the country’s worst terror attack.