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Abu Sayyaf kills 9 Philippine troops

ICC Note: Militant Islamic terrorists attack government troops in another part of the Phillipines adding to the already tense environment caused by previous attacks. A war between the government and terrorists does not bode well for Christians in the area.

By JIM GOMEZ,

8/9/07 Philippines (AP) – Suspected al-Qaida-linked militants ambushed a truckload of troops going to market Thursday, killing nine and wounding two others on the volatile southern island of Jolo , the Philippine military said.

The Abu Sayyaf insurgents seized about six M-16 rifles and a two-way radio from the soldiers from the 33rd Infantry Battalion before fleeing near Maimbung township, said Maj. Eugene Batara, spokesman for the military’s Western Mindanao Command.

He claimed the deadly attack is not an indication that the Abu Sayyaf has regained strength and momentum following setbacks dealt by a massive U.S.-backed offensive last year that led to the killings of its top two leaders…

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres said the insurgents appeared to have been led by Radulan Sahiron, an elusive one-armed Abu Sayyaf commander long wanted by U.S. and Philippine authorities for his alleged role in several terror attacks…

Regional military commander Maj. Gen. Eugenio Cedo ordered soldiers, backed by helicopter gunships, to pursue the attackers on Jolo, where U.S.-backed forces have been hunting down remnants of the Abu Sayyaf, which is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations….

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