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Al-Qaeda militants killed

2010-03-07 09:06

Manila - Philippine marines have killed at least seven al-Qaeda-linked militants in an attack on a coastal hide-out, but they failed to capture a Malaysian terror suspect long wanted by Washington.

Regional military commander Brigadier General Rustico Guerrerro says Malaysian militant Zulkifli bin Hir may have escaped with other Abu Sayyaf gunmen when marines on board rubber boats launched the attack on Laminusa Island off southern Sulu province on Sunday. The Malaysian is also known as Marwan.

Guerrero says Abu Sayyaf commander Abu Benhur also managed to escape during the attack.

He says Marines recovered 15 firearms abandoned by the militants. One Marine was wounded in the battle.