13 Feb '11, 3am

@AsiaTodayNews Five Islamist gunmen dead in Philippine clash: Army: ZAMBOANGA (Philippines) - TRO...

ZAMBOANGA (Philippines) - TROOPS overran the jungle lair of Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in the troubled southern Philippines, killing five of the guerrillas, the military said on Sunday. Regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang said the army offensive on remote Basilan island on Saturday also left two soldiers dead. 'The firefight lasted for three hours,' Cabangbang said in a brief statement sent to news agencies. He said the Abu Sayyaf militants, numbering around 30, abandoned the small rebel encampment of seven bunkers, communications equipment and ammunition. One of the five gunmen killed was believed to be Juhaiber Alamsirul, a known 'sub-commander' of the Abu Sayyaf, who operates mostly on Basilan island and has been linked to previous kidnappings in the area. The Abu Sayyaf is a 300-strong gang of self-styled Islamic militants. It w...

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