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Philippine troops kill three more militants on tourist island


Philippine troops kill three more militants on tourist island

Philippine soldiers have killed three more Islamic State-linked militants on a resort island where they were hiding after a failed attempt to kidnap tourists, a military spokesman said on Sunday.

The Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf group were killed in a clash on Saturday on Bohol island, a considerable distance to the north of their strongholds in the far south of the predominantly Christian country.

Two or three of them were still at large, said Colonel Edgard Arevalo, chief of the military's public affairs office.

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Philippine soldiers killed in clashes with Abu Sayyaf


Philippine soldiers killed in clashes with Abu Sayyaf

Twelve soldiers have been killed in clashes with the Abu Sayyaf armed group on a remote southern island in the Philippines, as a government offensive against the fighters entered a fifth day.

Philippines army Major Filemon Tan said on Monday that five soldiers were also wounded in the firefight that lasted more than an hour in the jungles of Patikul town on Jolo island.

"The fighting was really intense, we lost 12 men," Tan said, according to Reuters news agency.

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