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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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The militants are believed to be holding more than 20 hostages, including 14 foreigners, on Jolo island and the nearby province of Basilan.
In his speech to officials on Monday, Duterte repeated comments from last week when he accused the United States of committing atrocities against Muslims over a century ago on Jolo island.
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The dead were members of the Abu Sayyaf Group -- led by Sihata Latip and Abbraham Hammid -- who encountered members of the Philippine marines in Mabahay village Talipao town, Jolo Island last Saturday, Colonel Jojo Cenabre, marine brigade head, said on Monday.
MANILA - The militant Islamic group Abu Sayyaf has freed two Filipino television crewmen taken hostage in June along with a Jordanian broadcast journalist who had flown to Jolo Island in southern Philippines to cover the al-Qaida-linked group, a spokesman for the Philippine military said Sunday.
Jesse Robredo said that Baker Atyani, who is the South Asia bureau chief for Al Arabiya, and two Filipino colleagues are being held by on Jolo island by the group, which is led by Radullan Saheron.
According to the military, the militants were killed in a raid on Thursday in the town of Parang on Jolo island, Sulu province.
Around 30 militants were at the camp on Jolo Island when it was bombarded by two OV-10 planes at 3am.
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.
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.Aa
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.