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Christian worker killed in Philippines, security forces readied

ICC Note:

Reports indicate that a significant number of security forces are being deployed to protect churches and parishes to attempt to help prevent the violence that killed a Christian worker in the area last tuesday.

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1/28/2008 Philippines (MissionNetworkNews) The government and published new sources report that armed soldiers are being placed outside of churches and parishes to protect foreign and local Christian workers.

Abu Sayyef is listed as a terrorist organization in the United States, Europe and the Philippines. They are notorious for their kidnap-for-ransom activities which still takes place in the region. Seperatist groups have been fighting in the independent state for more than 30 years.

One news outlet said that police efforts in the area are working to neutralize the armed groups, and the military is ready if the threat becomes imminent.

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