Three alleged members of a kidnap-for-ransom group
that targeted Chinese nationals in the Philippines were killed in a shootout with the police in Indang, Cavite, early Wednesday.
The military said the kidnap-for-ransom group
and IS-affiliate Abu Sayyaf was likely behind the midday blast on the island of Jolo, which also left nine other soldiers wounded.
The politicians allegedly conspired with theRicardo Peralta kidnap-for-ransom group
, a syndicate involved in other illegal activities including assassinations.
Four suspected members of the kidnap-for-ransom group
were arrested late Friday night at a checkpoint leading to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 in Pasay City.
Authorities also arrested another police officer Joey Maru, allegedly a leader of a kidnap-for-ransom group
, as well as Bryan Amir Bajoof and Paolo Ocampo.
The 25-year-old Abu Asrie is believed to be a member of the Jolo-based Lucky 9 kidnap-for-ransom group
with links to the Abu Sayyaf group based in jungles of Jolo and Basilan islands in southern Philippines.
The Philippine National Police - Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) arrested an Indian national who is a suspected member of a notorious kidnap-for-ransom group
The organization has links to local extremist networks, including the kidnap-for-ransom group
Abu Sayyaf, that have long operated in the Philippines' restive south.
He was also known as an active member of the Abu Sayyaf Terrorist Group, Lawless Elements and kidnap-for-ransom group
, according to Beltran.
Notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group
, which is suspected in Sunday's church bombing, claimed it planted an explosive onboard.
Still in Calamba City, another alleged member of the Fajardo kidnap-for-ransom group
identified as Ronald Bestre was killed in an anti-drug operation around 7:30 p.m.
An Al Qaida-linked kidnap-for-ransom group
, the Abu Sayyaf, operates in Zamboanga del Sur.