Abu Sayyaf

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Noun1.Abu Sayyaf - a small gang of terrorist thugs claiming to seek a separate Islamic state for the Muslim minority in the PhilippinesAbu Sayyaf - a small gang of terrorist thugs claiming to seek a separate Islamic state for the Muslim minority in the Philippines; uses bombing and assassination and extortion and kidnapping; "In 2001 Abu Sayyaf kidnapped twenty people and beheaded one of the American captives"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Philippines, Republic of the Philippines - a republic on the Philippine Islands; achieved independence from the United States in 1946
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Four more members of the Abu Sayyaf group surrendered to the military in Sulu on Saturday.
The military today said two more Abu Sayyaf terrorists surrendered and laid down their arms in Basilan over the weekend due to the sustained offensives in the ZamBaSulTa (Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi) areas.
The Abu Sayyaf member tagged as the one who beheaded two Filipino workers in 2001 in a bloody gesture of mocking the then Arroyo administration has been arrested, the military said.
Summary: Successes claimed against Maute and Abu Sayyaf
Abu Sayyaf militants kidnapped a captain and crewmember Friday from a South Korean cargo ship in the southern Philippines, (http://www.
Although Abu Sayyaf purports to be Islamic, they seem much more focused on earning money through kidnappings than they do on following the Koran.
The soldiers encountered members of the Abu Sayyaf group in one of their hideouts in the forests of Jolo island before dawn, local military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Randolf Cabangbang told reporters.
Following ground and air assaults, the soldiers on Sunday took control of the Abu Sayyaf groups's biggest camp on the island of Jolo, said Major General Benjamin Dolorfino, head of military forces in the south.
Members of the Abu Sayyaf group have killed five soldiers and wounded 11 more in an attack on a military convoy in the southern Philippines, an army spokesman has said.
The town is a known stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, where troops are pursuing Abu Sayyaf militants, blamed for the spate of kidnappings-for-ransom and attacks on Basilan.
To this day, though, news of Abu Sayyaf atrocities leads to family feuds with her brothers, who disapprove of her peace work.
We've been having fairly stealthy operations there to bring the leadership of Abu Sayyaf to justice.