28 Jul '11, 6am

7 Filipino troops die, 21 wounded in rebel clash #malaysia

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf militants killed seven Philippine marines and wounded 21 others who were about to raid their jungle camp Thursday in some of the fiercest fighting this year between the military and the al-Qaida-linked rebels. About 30 marines maneuvered in stormy weather close to the encampment of about 70 militants in mountainous Patikul township in southern Sulu province, setting off the gunbattle before dawn, regional military spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said. A military report, citing intelligence, said at least 13 militants may have been killed in the initial clash and follow-up fighting but troops did not recover any bodies. The militants were led by Radulan Sahiron, a one-armed commander long wanted by U.S. and Philippine authorities for a string of bombings and kidnappings. The marines moved overnight on a mission to capture Sahiron...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/7-filipino-troops-die-21-wounded...

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