Bombing: eleven die in militant attack

2010-04-14 00:00

MANILA — Muslim militants disguised as policemen and soldiers detonated bombs and opened fire yesterday in a series of co-ordinated attacks on a southern Philippine city, triggering clashes that killed at least 11 people, officials said.

About 25 Abu Sayyaf militants were involved in the attacks in Isabela city on the island province of Basilan, one of the most daring operations by the al-Qaeda-linked group in recent months, regional military commander lieutenant-general Benjamin Dolorfino said.

The dead included three marines and three militants as well as an Abu Sayyaf commander identified as Bensar Indama. A policeman and four civi­lians were also killed in the crossfire between militants and the army, police and marines, he said.

Isabela is one of two Christian regions in predominantly Muslim Basilan, the birthplace of the Abu Sayyaf, which has long been blacklisted by Washington as a terrorist organisation.

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