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Abu Sayyaf extremist killed in new Philippines clashes

Published on Apr 13, 2014 6:58 PM
 

MANILA (AFP) - A Muslim extremist has been killed in fighting between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf rebels in the southern Philippines, a day after 12 people died in a similar shootout, the military said on Sunday.

Troops in the strife-torn island of Jolo were on patrol when they clashed with the Islamist guerrillas on Saturday, said military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Romeo Zagala.

Intelligence reports indicated that at least three Abu Sayyaf fighters were wounded in the clash, he added.

Government forces on Friday launched an operation in Basilan island, another southern stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, to capture two top leaders of the Al-Qaeda-linked group which is accused of beheadings and kidnappings.

 
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