Monday, February 26, 2007

Abu Sayyaf killed, 13 soldiers wounded in clash (Religion of Peace Alert)

MANILA -- Al Qaida-linked militants fleeing Philippine troops took shelter in the camp of a Muslim separatist group that has a peace deal with the government, sparking a battle that wounded at least 13 soldiers, officials said Monday. Members of the brutal Abu Sayyaf group, target of a months long US-backed offensive on Jolo island, tried to evade troops by entering the camp of the Moro National Liberation Front on Sunday, Marine Brigadier General Ben Dolorfino said.

Reports from the area said six Abu Sayyaf guerrillas were killed, Army spokesman Major Ernesto Torres Jr. said. No bodies were recovered, however. The MNLF used to be the largest Muslim group fighting for a separate Islamic homeland in the southern Philippines until it settled for limited autonomy and signed a peace agreement with Manila in 1996.

(Land for peace doesn't work ... )

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