Army soldiers patrol Basilan province in the southern Philippines. Police said three soldiers were killed Thursday, September 16, 2010 in an ambush by al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)
BASILAN, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 16, 2010) – Abu Sayyaf militants whose group is tied to al-Qaeda terror network killed three army soldiers in an ambush Thursday in the restive province of Basilan in the southern Philippines, police said.
Police said the soldiers were patrolling the village of Bohe Lebung when the militants attacked them at around 6:15 a.m. The soldiers belong to the 32nd Infantry Battalion, it said.
It said the attackers were followers of Nur Hassan Jamiri and Long Sulayman, both had been tagged as behind the spate of ambuscades and kidnappings-for-ransom in Basilan, one of five provinces under the troubled Muslim autonomous region.
The fighting lasted about 30 minutes. It was not immediately known whether any of the ambushers were killed or wounded.
Army troops have been deployed in Basilan, just several nautical miles south of Zamboanga City, to help marine and police forces in fighting the insurgents.
Philippine authorities said the Abu Sayyaf also has links with the Indonesian terror group called Jemaah Islamiya. (Mindanao Examiner)