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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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According to the military, the militants were killed in a raid on Thursday in the town of Parang on Jolo island, Sulu province.
The soldiers encountered members of the Abu Sayyaf group in one of their hideouts in the forests of Jolo island before dawn, local military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Randolf Cabangbang told reporters.
Military officials would not immediately name any suspects in the blast on Jolo island, but the island is a known bastion of the Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda-linkedgroup, blamed for deadly attacks in the Philippines and for kidnapping priests and nuns.
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.
Although weakened by years-long US-backed offensives, about 400 Abu Sayyaf gunmen on Basilan and nearby Jolo Island and the Zamboanga peninsula have recently turned to ransom kidnappings to raise funds for terror attacks, officials said.
A marine combat patrol came upon about 150 heavily armed Abu Sayyaf members near the town of Indanan on southern Jolo island at dawn, the military said.
Abdusakur Tan's security officers were wounded in the bomb blast in the attack on Jolo island, regional police chief Bensali Jabarani said.
Provincial Governor Abdusakur Tan issued the proclamation of emergency minutes after the expiry of the rebel's ultimatum to authorities to withdraw troops from much of Jolo island.
US-trained commandos, along with marines, swooped before dawn on the hideout near Talipao town on southern Jolo island in search of Indonesian militant Umar Patek and Abu Sayyaf commander Isnilon Hapilon but the two escaped, Brigadier General Ruperto Pabustan said.
Ford (of which I was a crew member) was dispatched to Jolo Island to assist the Philippine Constabulary during a Moro uprising.
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.
THREE infantry battalions of Filipino troops set sail for battle today with forces loyal to a renegade Muslim governor, as authorities prepared for Monday's elections to choose the governor's successor The 1,500 soldiers boarded transport ships for Jolo island, 580 miles south of the capital, Manila.