Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at the Abu Sayyaf Terror Group in the Philippines

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at the Abu Sayyaf Terror Group in the Philippines

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A look at Abu Sayyaf terror group

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OTTAWA - Abu Sayyaf, the Philippines militant group responsible for killing a Canadian hostage on Monday, sprang up in the early 1990s as an offshoot of another, larger Islamic insurgent group.

The Canadian government, which considers Abu Sayyaf to be a terrorist organization, says its ostensible goal is the establishment of an Islamic state governed by sharia law in the southern portion of the Philippines archipelago.

In practice, though, it primarily uses terrorism for profit: kidnap-for-ransom, guerrilla warfare, mass-casualty bombings, and beheadings are favoured tactics. It claimed responsibility for bombing and sinking a passenger ferry, which killed more than 100 people in February 2004.

Abu Sayyaf is one of a handful of Muslim insurgent groups outside of a peace deal signed by the Philippine government with the main rebel group, the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front. …

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