Tag Archives: terrorism disaster

#StoryOfTheNation: Mindanaoans a year after Marawi siege

marawi ruins
RUINS. Municipal councilor Jalil Mamailaw comes home to a burnt house, Saturday, April 7, in Marawi City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

From the two areas that have been granted access so far, residents found their life’s work either destroyed, burnt, or looted

MANILA, Philippines (May 23, 2018) —  One year after the ISIS-linked Maute Group attacked Marawi, the city and its people are still recovering from the 5-month war that left thousands homeless. Continue reading #StoryOfTheNation: Mindanaoans a year after Marawi siege

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

urban warfare
URBAN WARFARE. The Philippine military exposes the shortcomings of the Philippine military in urban fighting. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi was a ‘setback’ for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon’s faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a ‘propaganda victory’ for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines (May 23, 2018) — Recent developments in the jungles of Sulu are game changers that underscore the country’s continuing battle against armed groups linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) a year since they laid siege to Marawi City. Continue reading War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

vatican ambassador to the philippines gabriele giordano caccia leads the prayers outside the manila cathedral
RED WEDNESDAY. Vatican Ambassador to the Philippines Gabriele Giordano Caccia leads the prayers outside the Manila Cathedral for Red Wednesday on November 22, 2017, a day to support persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘We never thought that this persecution of Christians that started in the Middle East…would come to the Philippines,’ Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 22, 2017) — The mother church of the Philippines, the Manila Cathedral, was bathed in red lights on Wednesday evening, November 22, as Filipinos marked a day to support persecuted Christians around the world. Continue reading Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

Thousands march in Somalia after attack that killed more than 300

protesters near the scene of the massive truck bomb attack in mogadishu
Protesters near the scene of the massive truck bomb attack in Mogadishu. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

Demonstrators defy police to protest against people responsible for devastating truck bomb in Mogadishu

October 18, 2017 — Thousands of Somalis have demonstrated against those behind the bombing that killed more than 300 people at the weekend, defying police who opened fire to keep them away from the site of the attack. Continue reading Thousands march in Somalia after attack that killed more than 300

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

safe house
Image by Rappler.com

The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire on May 23, 2017 that triggered the war in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The bullet holes that riddled the freshly painted walls of the 4-storey house in the village of Basak Malutlut tell the story of an intense firefight that erupted not too far away from the military headquarters here. Continue reading Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

rodrigo duterte and delfin lorenzana
TO LIFT OR NOT TO LIFT? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will make an assessment first before sending recommendations to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photos from Malacañang

After two of the top leaders of local terrorists are killed in Marawi City, is the lifting of martial law in Mindanao coming anytime soon?

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 16, 2017) — After Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Monday, October 16, that Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute were killed by government troops past midnight, the next question from the public was inevitably, would martial law in Mindanao be lifted now?  Continue reading Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

destroyed vehicles in the centre of mogadishu
Destroyed vehicles in the centre of Mogadishu. Officials fear the death toll will continue to rise. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

At least 276 people killed and hundreds seriously injured in attack blamed on militant group al-Shabaab

October 15, 2017 — At least 500 people are believed to have been killed or seriously injured in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years. Continue reading Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

Over a dozen Marawi hostages rescued

rescued maute group hostages
RESCUED. This file photo shows Dansalan College teacher Lordvin Acopio when he and other former hostages of the Maute Group were presented to the media. Rappler photo

The hostages are believed to have been separated after the terrorists were forced to abandon Bato Mosque when they were overwhelmed by troops

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 5, 2017) — The Philippine military rescued over a dozen hostages in Marawi City on Wednesday, October 4, as troops pushed to corner local terror groups toward Lake Lanao. Continue reading Over a dozen Marawi hostages rescued

Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

syria
Image by Rappler.com

ISIS is no longer present anywhere in the Hama province of Syria for the first time in 3 years

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Oct. 4, 2017) — The Syrian army and allied fighters drove the Islamic State group (ISIS) from their last positions in the central province of Hama on Wednesday, October 4, after heavy fighting, a monitor said. Continue reading Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

Iraq forces push into ISIS bastion Hawija

iraq
Image by Rappler.com

The town of Hawija is among the final holdouts from the territory seized by ISIS in 2014 and its recapture would leave only a handful of remote outposts in ISIS hands

HAWIJA, Iraq (Oct. 4, 2017) — Iraqi forces pushed into the Islamic State (ISIS) group stronghold of Hawija on Wednesday, October 4, commanders said, stepping up their assault against one of the jihadists’ last enclaves in the country. Continue reading Iraq forces push into ISIS bastion Hawija