Abused bodies found after Philippine raids: Army
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine troops found four bodies including the mutilated corpses of two soldiers after a breakaway Muslim rebel group launched co-ordinated raids in the south, the army said on Tuesday.
The discoveries raised the death toll to seven a day after the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters simultaneously attacked 11 towns on Mindanao island, said the soldiers' commander Lieutenant-Colonel Kit Teofilo.
"The face of one soldier was mangled (and he) was shot in the head. The other had torture marks all over his body including hack wounds. It was a horrible crime committed by heartless individuals," Lt-Col Teofilo said.
The corpses of two more male victims were recovered at a roadside, also suspected to have been killed by the raiders, the battalion commander said in a statement.