Troops are killed, some beheaded, in southern Philippines – International Herald Tribune
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Troops are killed, some beheaded, in southern Philippines
International Herald Tribune - 1 hour ago
By Carlos H. Conde MANILA:
At least 14 government troops were killed in some of the heaviest fighting with Muslim insurgents in the southern Philippines in recent months, officials said Wednesday.
Military officials said they had recovered the bodies of 14 marines after clashes with suspected Abu Sayyaf militants late Tuesday in Tipo-tipo, a hinterland town on Basilan island, and that at least 10 of them had been beheaded.
A marine spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Caculitan, said in Manila that 50 marines had clashed with more than 300 rebels. “We were totally outnumbered,” he said.
Major General Ben Mohammad Dolorfino suggested that the marines had been beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in retaliation for the slaying of the son of one of the group’s leaders. “They got angry, that’s why they decapitated the marines,” Dolorfino said.
However, leaders of another group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said it was its own fighters who had fought with the marines and killed 23 of them. But the front’s spokesman, Abu Majid, denied the front’s fighters had beheaded the marines. He said this was done by “unidentified groups” after the fighting, and that the front planned to investigate. He said four rebels had been killed and seven wounded.
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But that is not the only problem facing the Philippines about Islamic terrorism: Terrorists from Jemaah Islamiyah are recruiting women to carry terrorist attacks in Philippines (my translation, link in Spanish):
The Police has ordered its members to be extremely precaucious and to watch every suspicious individual after the Intelligence services detected that in Mindanao, the Jeemah Islamiyah is recruting women to carry bomb attacks.
According to the local newspaper The Philippine Star, the considered “terrorist arm” of Al-Qaeda in South-East Asia, is preparing some attacks against public places, such as bus stations. Also dozens of female policemen have been deployed to friesk the female passengers, and dogs trained in detecting explosives in cars.
Two days ago, a home-made device exploded in an empty bus in Koronadal, city which belongs to the province of South Cotabato, without causing victims. A new local criminal group, called Al-Jobar, claimed responsibility of the attack. Al-jobar can have some relation with Jeemah Islamiyah, police sources say.