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By Carlos H. Conde

MANILA — Eleven people, at least three of them children, were killed in an attack believed to have been carried out by the militant group Abu Sayyaf in retaliation for the recent arrests and deaths of several of its members, officials said Sunday. (more…)

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Los Angeles Times

By JOHN M. GLIONNA

Zamboanga City is on the front lines of the Philippines’ fight against terrorists, located in the troubled south where Muslim militants have been battling troops and hitting civilian targets.

Reporting from Zamboanga City, Philippines — Restaurant owner Lyra Quitay is blind in one eye. Her arms, chest and legs bear painful black scars and her right hand is so gnarled that it resembles a claw when she signs her name.

In October 2001, a terrorist’s bomb ripped through the claustrophobic downtown market where Quitay runs a tiny kitchen, instantly killing her security guard and blowing a hole in her life.

The guard had gone to investigate an abandoned duck egg cart; when he opened the lid on a pot, it exploded — ripping off his head and leaving Quitay with injuries so severe that she still wakes up crying at night. (more…)

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By Agence France-Presse

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, April 23, 2009 (AFP) – Troops clashed with Islamic militants holding hostage a sick Italian Red Cross worker in the southern Philippines as the crisis entered its 99th day Thursday, the military said.

There were no immediate details of casualties and no word on the fate of Eugenio Vagni, 62, who intelligence reports earlier said was unable to walk due to a hernia.

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By Agence France-Presse

The Philippine military said Saturday it was tightening its cordon around Muslim extremists holding two Red Cross workers hostage, even during the Easter holidays.

“There will be no let up in further constricting the kidnappers’ positions to reduce their freedom of movement especially this Lenten Season,” a military statement said.

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By Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA)
Zamboanga City, Philippines_(dpa) _ A Philippine court on Wednesday ordered the release of seven people arrested for allegedly providing support to Muslim militants holding captive two European Red Cross workers.

By Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA)

The suspects – three police officers, two village captains and two alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group – were freed two days after police filed criminal charges of kidnapping for ransom and illegal detention against them.

They were arrested on Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila, last week on suspicion of being supporters of al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels, Governor Abdusakur Tan said.

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By Missionary International News Service Agency

The police have arrested three police officers, two village leaders and two alleged Abu Sayyaf members, charging them with conspiracy to kidnap three Red Cross (ICRC) workers. The suspects, says the Philippine press, are believed to have given logistical support and of having given refuge to the rebels. Yesterday, the government announced the nomination of a new negotiator to deal with the kidnappers, saying that he would be known to the rebels. Meanwhile, the army, police and volunteers encircling the Abu Sayyaf group have resumed their positions in Jolo to secure the release of Italian Eugenio Vagni and Swiss Andreas Notter, after Philippine Mary Jean Lacaba.was released a few days ago. The Philippine press quotes a military document indicating the Aby Sayyaf group is demanding a USD 5 million ransom. ICRC has often reiterated it cannot pay such a sum, stressing that its workers play a purely humanitarian role and in order not to encourage more kidnappings; the Philippine government itself has also refused to pay ransoms and said that none was paid for the release of Lacaba. The three ICRC workers were kidnapped last January 15 in Jolo. [AB]

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