The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 07, 2012
 

One dead, 36 hurt in Philippine militants' ambush

 
 

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP) - Islamic militants ambushed trucks ferrying workers from a farm in the southern Philippines on Friday, killing one person and wounding 36 others, the military said.

The army blamed the Abu Sayyaf, linked with the Al-Qaeda network, for the attack as a convoy of trucks drove plantation workers home from a rubber farm on the island of Basilan, military officials said.

"The rubber tappers, 120 of them... were going home from their work when they were ambushed," said local army commander Colonel Carlito Galvez.

He said six of those injured were in critical condition and had to be flown to Zamboanga city for treatment.