Philippines unrest: Who are the Abu Sayyaf group?

April 26, 2016 2:56 PM

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Philippines unrest: Who are the Abu Sayyaf group?

Abu Sayyaf is one of the smallest and most violent jihadist groups in the southern Philippines. Its name means "bearer of the sword" and it is notorious for kidnapping for ransom, and for attacks on civilians and the army.

In 2004 it bombed a ferry in Manila Bay, killing 116 people. It is currently holding at least four groups of hostages - a mix of Malaysian and Indonesian workers, Western tourists and one Filipina - and is being hunted by the army, which has vowed to defeat the group before the end of President Beni...

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