Islamists bomb Philippine convoy

2013-07-06 13:17

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Manila - Suspected Muslim militants on Saturday bombed an army convoy on the way to secure a medical mission in the southern Philippines, wounding two soldiers, a military spokesperson said.

The roadside bomb struck a military truck and an armoured personnel carrier as the convoy passed through Patikul town on Jolo Island, some 1 000km south of Manila, said Colonel Rodrigo Gregorio.

The attack occurred as the United States warned its citizens against travelling to the southern region of Mindanao, especially the Sulu archipelago, which includes Jolo.

The State Department's travel advisory cited "the high threat of kidnapping of international travellers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism" in Sulu.

Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels are still holding two birdwatchers from Switzerland and the Netherlands, and a Jordanian television reporter seized last year.

Last month, two independent film makers, who are sisters, were kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels in the village of Liang in Patikul while working on a documentary on Sulu coffee farmers.

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