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Basilan

(bäsē`län), island, 494 sq mi (1,279 sq km), northernmost and largest of the Sulu ArchipelagoSulu Archipelago
, island group, 1,086 sq mi (2,813 sq km), the Philippines, SW of Mindanao. Lying between the Celebes and Sulu seas, it includes over 900 volcanic islands and coral islets extending almost to Borneo. Basilan is the largest island, Jolo the most important.
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, the Philippines. It is closely associated with the city of ZamboangaZamboanga
, city (1990 pop. 442,345), Zamboanga del Sur prov., SW Mindanao, the Philippines, at the tip of the Zamboanga peninsula, on Basilan Strait. One of the chief cities of Mindanao and a busy seaport, it is the hub of a major iron-producing and lumbering area, which has
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 on Mindanao island, just across the 10-mi (16-km) wide Basilan Strait. Major sources of income are sea products, coconut, timber, and rubber. The Univ. of the Philippines maintains a vast rubber plantation there. With neighboring islets, Basilan forms the Basilan island group. The inhabitants are chiefly Muslim, and the island has been the scene of fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels.

Basilan

1. a group of islands in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao
2. the main island of this group, separated from Mindanao by the Basilan Strait. Area: 1282 sq. km (495 sq. miles)
3. a city on Basilan Island. Pop.: 381 000 (2005 est.)
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The law is not respected, and we, here in Mindanao, are not given the opportunity to choose our own leaders," said Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela, in Basilan province.
The kidnappers brought Lim to Sulu province, but another conflicting report said he was taken to Basilan province.
A platoon of army scout rangers came under fire from unidentified men and then were hit by a land mine blast near mountainous Sumisip town in Basilan province.
He said an unidentified masked man aboard a motorboat brought Lunsmann to a wharf in Maluso, a remote town in Basilan Province, where she was released from captivity.
They were brought to Basilan province where the kidnappers originally demanded a P6 million ransom for their release.
The group is also behind the abduction of 27 Filipinos currently being held in the hinterlands of Basilan Province, about 900 kilometers south of Manila.
He said the motive of the Malaysian kidnapping appears to be only money, while the abductors in Basilan province have made a number of ideological demands, including the release of three Arab terrorists imprisoned in the United States.
Manila: A recent clash that left a total 19 people killed in Basilan province had been carried out by disgruntled rubber plantation workers and not the Abu Sayyaf, a ranking Catholic cleric said.
In July 2007, 10 marines were beheaded by the terrorist group in a major encounter in nearby Basilan province.
The chancellor of Isabela prelature comprising Basilan province received the bodies of Gallardo, a male and two woman teachers at a funeral home 10 kilometers outside the capital town of Isabela.
Manila: Eleven people, including seven government soldiers and four members of the Al Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf Group, were killed in a clash in southern Philippines' Basilan province on Thursday, the military said.
Four navy commandos and 10 guerillas were killed in a clash shortly after midnight as troops were patrolling the small island of Lanjil in Basilan Province to hunt down al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels, said Maj.