Philippines: December 5, 2004


Police in the southern Philippines caught five Abu Sayyaf members in  Zamboanga City. One of the men, Mahar Gahan, also known by his guerrilla name Abu Muslim, was killed. Gahan was an Abu Sayyaf leader in the area. Abu Sayyaf has been hunted intensively for so long that the organization has been reduced to a number of small, largely independent, groups. The rebels rely largely on criminal activities to support themselves. Since the Abu Sayyaf is a splinter group of the larger MILF, they get no cooperation from there. Although Abu Sayyaf professes a more hard core Islamic radicalism than MILF, few Islamic radicals in the region want to associate with Abu Sayyaf because the  group operates too much like a bunch of bandits. 


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