CNN: Terrorist Attack Likely Philippine Islamist Group Abu Sayyaf
As Austin Bay notes, Abu Sayyaf funds its activities with organized crime and kidnappings. Its followers are engaged in total war.
I call ASG a violent Islamist terror group for several reasons. ASG self-identifies as one. It has cooperated with Jemaah Islamiyah, the al-Qaida affiliate that conducted the October 2002 attacks on the Indonesian island of Bali. In 2015, ASG's senior commander, Isnilon Hapilon, pledged loyalty to ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Abu Sayyaf translates as "bearer of the sword." For jihadis, the name is Islamic propaganda whose violent poetry erases political borders. ISIS' now-deceased "minister of oil" used it as a nom de guerre.Instapundit: Abu Sayyaf susected in Philippine terrorist attack and Abu Sayyaf criminal jihad terrorist operation