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Jolo

(hō`lō, hōlō`), island (345 sq mi/894 sq km), 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. The seaport city, Jolo (1990 pop. 53,055), on the northwest coast of the island, is the capital of Sulu prov., the trading and shipping hub of the archipelago, and a Muslim center. An ancient walled city, it was once a pirate base and served as the residence of a sultan until the sultanate was abolished in 1940. The city was almost completely destroyed in 1974 when fighting erupted between government forces and Moro (Muslim) insurgents who were seeking to establish a secessionist state. After the battle, the rebels withdrew into the island's interior to fight a war of attrition that lasted until a detente was reached in 1990. Fundamentalist Islamic rebels on the island were involved in hostage-taking incidents in 2000, provoking a military assault in response, and Jolo has been the scene of recurring fighting with rebels since then.

Jolo

an island in the SW Philippines: the main island of the Sulu Archipelago. Pop.: 87 998 (2000). Area: 893 sq. km (345 sq. miles)
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Police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) sacked the entire Jolo police force for 'laxity.
As joint police and military manhunt operations were launched to recapture the fugitives, the Provincial Public Safety Battalion has been ordered to take over the Jolo MPS, said Senior Inspector Jemar delos Santos, spokesman of the police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
What Jolo will feel will resonate in other municipalities in SuluWe are here to listen," Dureza said during a gathering of local officials at the town hall on Wednesday.
Likewise, Vice Governor Jolo Revilla also joined the Governor on the second day with 7th District Board Members Rainiel Ambion and Reinalyne Varias, Alfonso Mayor Virgilio Varias, Vice-Mayor Randy Salamat and some members of the Sangguniang Bayan.
The extremist group, which has its stronghold in Jolo, is known for attacks, kidnappings and beheadings.
A grenade explosion hit the Mt Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, capital town of Sulu Wednesday night, wounding two bystanders, according to police and military officials.
Philippine Muslim insurgents killed at least seven marines and wounded 21 others in clash with government troops Thursday on the southern island of Jolo.
The severed head of Gabriel Canizares, 36, was found in a bag at a petrol station on Jolo Island on Monday, three weeks after he was seized by suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters.
THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED WEDNESDAY EVENING IN THE VILLAGE OF TUING PUTI IN LUUK TOWN ON JOLO ISLAND, 1,000 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF MANILA, MAJOR DAVID HONTIVEROS SAID.
Sulu Governor Sakur Tan said he was not hurt in the blast, which occurred about 100 yards from the provincial capitol building on Jolo Island - a hotbed for Abu Sayyaf militants - as the convoy was passing by.
Filippina engineer Mary Jean Lacaba was left by her captors in a remote village on the southern island of Jolo and fetched by local government and military officials, Defence Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said.
Misuari is believed to have ordered the attacks by 500 to 800 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels on police and military installations on Jolo Island, some 900 kilometers south of Manila.