Monday, February 04, 2008

Philippine troops clash with Muslim Terrorists

MANILA, Philippines: Soldiers clashed with al-Qaida-linked militants Monday in the southern Philippines, killing three rebels and two soldiers just days after a top Indonesian terror suspect eluded a military raid on a nearby island, an official said.

The fighting took place in Maimbung township on the western coast of Jolo island, a stronghold of the Islamic extremist Abu Sayyaf group about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila, while troops were searching for a local businesswoman kidnapped by militants last week, regional military spokesman Maj. Eugene Batara said.

The bodies of three rebels and an M-16 rifle were recovered from the scene of the clash, Batara said. Two soldiers were killed and five others wounded and transferred to an army hospital, he added.

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