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14 Filipino soldiers killed, some beheaded

ICC Note: The MILF which was initially providing help in the search for Fr. Bossi, has now started to allow, or aid in, the killing of soldiers who are continuing the search.

7/11/07 Philippines (UPI) — Fourteen Filipino soldiers reportedly were killed, some of them beheaded, in the Philippines ’ south where Islamic separatists are active.
The Guardian reported the soldiers, who had gone in search of a kidnapped Italian priest, were killed Tuesday in clashes with rebels…

Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front were quoted as saying the clashes started after the government troops, in violation of a 2003 cease-fire, entered territory under its control…
The military blamed the clashes on Abu Sayyaf, the country’s Islamic separatist group, which has been accused of beheadings in the past.
The eight-hour long battle, in which four rebels were killed, involved 80 soldiers and up to 300 militants near the town of Tipo-Tipo , the report said….

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