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Tuesday, 12 September, 2000, 03:10 GMT 04:10 UK
Timeline: The Jolo hostage drama
Abu Sayyaf guerrillas
The hostage drama has focussed world attention on Abu Sayyaf
Three more hostages are seized by Abu Sayyaf and taken to the their jungle hide-out in the southern Philippines, the latest development in a crisis lasting more than four months.

23 April

Ten foreign tourists and 11 resort workers are seized at the diving resort on the Malaysian island of Sipadan. They include nine Malaysians, three Germans, two French, two South Africans, two Finns, two Filipinos and one Lebanese.

25 April

The Abu Sayyaf group announces it is holding the hostages on the island of Jolo, 960km (600 miles) south of the capital Manila.

2 May

Fighting erupts between government forces and rebels close to where the hostages are being held. Hostages movec a few days later.

7 May

Troops fire mortar bombs at the rebels' jungle hideout and the government says it will consider a raid.

9 May

European and Libyan envoys join the negotiating team.

27 May

Abu Sayyaf issue their demands, including formation of a independent Muslim state.

9 June

The Philippines Government says it will not stop foreign governments from paying ransoms after the kidnappers demand $1m for each captive.

12 June

Government suspends negotiations, saying a cooling-off period is required.

24 June

A Malaysian hostage is freed amid reports that $3m is paid in ransom for all nine Malaysians.

1 July

Filipino evangelists who visited Abu Sayyaf's jungle camp to pray are taken hostage.

2 July

A German reporter covering the incident is seized.

9 July

A French reporter and two camera crew are abducted.

14 July

A Malaysian hostage is freed

17 July

A German suffering from high blood pressure is freed.

21 July

Four Malaysian hostages are freed.

24 July

Two Filipino journalists are abducted but released five days later.

27 July

The German reporter and one evangelist are freed.

1 August

Three Filipino construction workers are abducted by Abu Sayyaf.

5 August

Lebanese newspapers report that Libya has offered to pay $25m for the release of most of the hostages.

7 August

The government confirms that $5.5m in ransom has been paid.

14 August

Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi sends his personal jet to the Philippines as part of arrangements to repatriate some of the hostages. But negotiations break down, with Abu Sayyaf accusing the government of planning a military strike against their camp.

16 August

A Filipina resort worker is freed.

18 August

Three Malaysian hostages are released.

23 August

Two Filipina women are abducted as brides for Abu Sayyaf members.

27 August

Two French hostages, one Lebanese, one South African and one German are released.

28 August

Another South African joins the group released the previous day and all fly to Libya before returning home. An American is taken captive, while a Filipina schoolgirl is seized in Jolo.

29 August

Abu Sayyaf threaten to kill the American hostage unless three Islamic militants being held in US jails, including the convicted World Trade Centre bomber, Ramzi Youssef, are freed.

3 September

Filipino construction workers rescued by police.

8 September

Negotiators prepare release of six remaining foreign captives but talks break down over ransom payments.

9 September

Four Western hostages leave the jungle camp aboard a government helicopter.

10 September

Aby Sayyaf gunmen seize three Malaysians from the diving resort of Pandanan in Malaysia, and take them to Jolo.

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07 Sep 00 | Asia-Pacific
Jolo hostage release 'imminent'
01 Sep 00 | Asia-Pacific
Rebels seek $10m for US hostage
30 Aug 00 | Asia-Pacific
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02 May 00 | Asia-Pacific
Who are the Abu Sayyaf hostage-takers?
27 Aug 00 | Asia-Pacific
Hostages' four-month ordeal
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Analysis: Why did Libya intervene?
02 May 00 | World
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