The rest were brought to nearby Jolo island
, she added without elaborating.
He could be somewhere on Jolo island
or in nearby Maguindanao," an army colonel familiar with militant groups in Mindanao, told Reuters.
The militants are believed to be holding more than 20 hostages, including 14 foreigners, on Jolo island
and the nearby province of Basilan.
In 2008, troops bombarded an Abu Sayyaf camp near Jolo island
with artillery and mortar fire, reportedly wounding Hapilon in the hand.
In his speech to officials on Monday, Duterte repeated comments from last week when he accused the United States of committing atrocities against Muslims over a century ago on Jolo island
This is such a barbaric act by these people and one would be tempted to think that they should also meet the same fate", said Mayor of Jolo Island
Hussein Amin in a press statement.
4 million) for the release of a German couple that it held for six months last year on its southern stronghold of Jolo island
of a school in Jolo town on Jolo Island
, 1,000 kilometres south of
The dead were members of the Abu Sayyaf Group -- led by Sihata Latip and Abbraham Hammid -- who encountered members of the Philippine marines in Mabahay village Talipao town, Jolo Island
last Saturday, Colonel Jojo Cenabre, marine brigade head, said on Monday.
MANILA - The militant Islamic group Abu Sayyaf has freed two Filipino television crewmen taken hostage in June along with a Jordanian broadcast journalist who had flown to Jolo Island
in southern Philippines to cover the al-Qaida-linked group, a spokesman for the Philippine military said Sunday.
Jesse Robredo said that Baker Atyani, who is the South Asia bureau chief for Al Arabiya, and two Filipino colleagues are being held by on Jolo island
by the group, which is led by Radullan Saheron.
Around 30 militants were at the camp on Jolo Island
when it was bombarded by two OV-10 planes at 3am.