7 Abu Sayyaf militants captured in Kuala Lumpur

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Malaysian authorities are holding 7 Filipino militants who are members of the notorious jihadist group Abu Sayyaf following their capture in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia did not release the identities of the militants, but police said their ages are between 22 and 38, who managed to slip into the capital from the eastern state of Sabah near Tawi-Tawi, a province in the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines.

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Duterte tightens the screws on Mindanao extremists

Neighbors on alert to keep Islamic State-linked militants from spilling out

JUN ENDO and TAKASHI NAKANO

MANILA/SINGAPORE As the Philippine military enters the final stretch of its mission to liberate the city of Marawi from Islamist rebels, the challenge for President Rodrigo Duterte is to prevent the violence from spilling beyond the southern island of Mindanao.

Duterte visited battle-worn soldiers for the fourth time on Sept. 11, pledging his continued support for the military’s efforts to retake the city in a conflict that has claimed some 870 lives.

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Philippines: More Abu Sayyaf members surrender in south

Army’s success due to intensified offensives being launched to contain terrorists

By Hader Glang

ZAMBOANGA CITY

Three more members of the Daesh-linked Abu Sayyaf group have surrendered to government troops in the nation’s troubled southern region, bringing the total number to 114, an official said Wednesday.

The militants under slain Abu Sayyaf sub- leader Alhabsy Misaya, blamed by the military for bomb attacks and a string of kidnappings involving foreigners, yielded to troops in Sulu, said Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.

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Esscom on alert as Philippine military makes final push in Marawi city

The heavy offensive by Philippine security forces that includes airstrikes raises the possibility that militants will flee to the east coast of Sabah.

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) will remain on alert against the heightened risk of militants fleeing to the state as Philippine forces step up efforts to capture the last strongholds of Daesh-affiliated groups in Marawi city, southern Philippines.

The Philippine military is pushing to free the last small sections of the city still under the militants as the fighting enters the final phase.

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Esscom welcomes opening of sea borders to hunt criminals

The opening of Philippine, Malaysia and Indonesia borders will allow security forces to enter each other’s waters while in hot pursuit of criminal elements.

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has welcomed the Philippines’ invitation to Malaysia and Indonesia to open each other’s borders in the fight against cross-border criminals and militants.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last week was reported as saying he would discuss the possibility of creating a task force to combat Islamic State-linked militancy with its two neighbouring nations.

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Of 59 people kidnapped from boats off Sabah, 15 still being held captive

No new abduction cases have been reported since April 17, says a maritime piracy information sharing centre.

KOTA KINABALU: Fifteen people are still being held captive after they were kidnapped from their boats in the waters off Sabah’s east coast, a piracy information sharing centre has revealed.

According to statistics provided by the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia, (ReCAAP), the 15 were from 59 people kidnapped since March 16 last year.

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ISIS Recruits Fighters for the Philippines

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A video released by ISIS asks would-be fighters to go to the Philippines instead of Syria and Iraq, the latest sign that the terror group is shifting its recruiting tactics as it loses ground to coalition forces in the Middle East.

The seven-minute, English-language video, released by the official ISIS media operation late last month, includes messages from several fighters in the Southern Philippines, and scenes from battles with government troops near the city of Marawi, including the pillaging of a Catholic church.

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Abduction in Sabah waters still a concerning issue

Neil Brian Joseph

KOTA KINABALU: The abduction of crew members from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off eastern Sabah is still a concerning issue in the state, despite a decrease in the number of reported cases.

A total of seven incidents (comprising of three actual abductions and four attempts) were reported from January to April 2017. Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Deputy Director Nicholas Teo G B said that most of the cases in Sabah involved tugboats, something that is uncommon in other areas.

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Dusk-to-dawn curfew extended to Sept 27 in ESSZone waters

KOTA KINABALU: The dusk-to-dawn curfew in the waters off seven districts under the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), which was scheduled to end at 6pm yesterday, has been extended to Sept 27, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.

He said the curfew, from 6pm to 6am, covered the waters off the districts of Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

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Why are maritime terrorists victimising sailors in the Sulu Sea?

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Over the last five years, the ASEAN media have described the Sulu Sea as a hub of terror activities and said that unless piracy is stopped, the region could become the next Somalia of Southeast Asia

Last Thursday, two Indonesia sailors were reportedly freed from their Abu Sayyaf captors after a heavy firefight in Sulu between the Philippine security forces and dozens of kidnappers, believed to be members of the ISIS-inspired terror group.

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