Philippine militants free 2 kidnapped Germans

Two Germans kidnapped and held for six months in the southern Philippines were released on Friday by a militant group just hours after it had threatened to behead one of them if no ransom payment was made, the Philippine defense chief said.

Philippine militants holding German hostages say may extend deadline

Islamist militants in the southern Philippines have said they are willing to extend Friday`s deadline to execute one of two German hostages by two hours if they receive word that ransom will be paid.

Malaysia's arrest of Islamic State suspects include country's main recruiters

Islamic State`s main recruiters in Malaysia, who funded trips to Syria for converts and used Facebook to attract young supporters, were among the 14 suspected militants arrested earlier this week, Malaysian authorities said late on Wednesday.

Philippines rules out talks with militants holding Germans

The Philippines said Thursday it would not negotiate with a militant group threatening to behead one of two German hostages, saying it was a "criminal" gang seeking to cash in on its self-proclaimed allegiance to Islamic State jihadists.

Philippines arrests suspect in deadly Malaysian raid

Philippine police said Wednesday they had arrested a Filipino Islamic militant suspected of taking part in at least one deadly kidnapping raid on a Malaysian diving resort island.

Six Philippine troops killed in friendly fire: Military

Six Philippine soldiers who were killed in one of the bloodiest clashes against al Qaeda-linked militants this year were hit by friendly fire, the military acknowledged Friday.

Four Islamic militants captured in Philippines

Security forces have captured four members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, including one accused of the 2002 kidnapping of Christian missionaries who were later beheaded, police said today.

Malaysian police capture senior militant: Official

Malaysian police today captured three men allegedly involved in militant activities, including a senior leader trained by the extremist group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, an official said.

Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country`s largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead.

Two Abu Sayyaf militants killed in Philippine raid

Police commandos stormed a southern Philippine hideout of suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists blamed for kidnappings and extortion, triggering a firefight that led to the killing of two militants and the capture of six others, officials said.

Abu Sayyaf extremist killed in new Philippines clashes

A Muslim extremist has been killed in fighting between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf rebels in the southern Philippines, a day after 12 people died in a similar shootout, the military said Sunday.

20 soldiers wounded in Philippine gunbattle with Abu Sayyaf: Military

Twenty soldiers were wounded on Friday in an hours-long gunbattle between troops and al Qaeda- linked Abu Sayyaf extremists blamed for beheadings and kidnappings in the southern Philippines.

Philippine police arrest Abu Sayyaf militant

Philippine authorities have arrested a suspected Muslim militant accusing of kidnapping two European bird-watchers last year.

Australian hostage freed by Filipino al Qaeda after 15 months

The al Qaeda allies in Philippines has reportedly on Saturday released Australian hostage Warren Rodwell, who was abducted 15 months ago in Philippines.

Al Qaeda-linked militants free 2 Filipino hostages

Abu Sayyaf gunmen have freed two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV journalist`s crew who were kidnapped by the al Qaeda-linked militants last year.

Filipino villagers may have helped kill terrorist

Umbra Jumdail had deviated from the brutal image of his al Qaeda-linked militant group by playing doctor to Filipino villagers.

Philippine extremist planning attacks when killed

Abu Sayyaf commander Umbra Jumdail was killed on Thursday in a jungle hideout on southern Jolo island.

Filipino troops still searching for most-wanted terrorist

The US has offered a $5 mn reward for the capture of Marwan, a US-trained engineer accused of involvement in bombings in the Philippines.

Kidnappers of Swiss, Dutch elude Philippine troops

Gunmen seized Swiss and Dutch tourists on a bird-watching trip in a remote southern province.

Philippines arrests alleged al Qaeda-linked bomber

The Abu Sayyaf has been weakened by years of US-backed Philippine offensives but remains a threat.