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Abu Sayyaf attack in southern Philippines leaves 7 soldiers dead

Published on Jun 19, 2014 7:27 PM

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP) - Muslim extremists with links to the Al-Qaeda network killed seven soldiers and left 13 others wounded in an attack in the lawless southern Philippines on Thursday, the military said.

Members of the Abu Sayyaf group fired on the soldiers in the heavily forested island of Jolo shortly after dawn, killing an officer, a military statement said.

Ten minutes later, six more soldiers were killed and 13 were wounded when the Abu Sayyaf fighters launched a mortar shell at them, the statement added.

"The remaining troops are still in the area of operations while the casualties were evacuated," the statement said.

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