It ended with gunfire and bloodshed. Nearly 17 hours after a lone gunman unfurled an Islamic flag above a “MERRY CHRISTMAS” window sign and took customers and staff captive, the siege of a Sydney cafe ended early Tuesday with explosive bangs and flashes.
By Julie M. Aurelio
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will not be downsizing its troops in Sulu following the release of two German hostages on Friday night, since much work needs to be done to recover 10 remaining captives.
By Frances Mangosing
Armed Forces chief Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. ordered the deployment of Army’s Special Forces in Sulu on Wednesday to bolster its anti-terrorism efforts in the province.
By Bong Lozada
Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits have released the four people they abducted in Sulu last week, the military said Thursday.
By Jamie Marie Elona
The Philippine National Police said Tuesday rescue operations were underway for the police chief of Zamboanga City who was abducted by members of the Moro National Liberation Front when he tried to negotiate for the release of civilians being held by the rebels.