Manila, July 28: At least 19 people were killed and 13 others injured on Monday in an ambush staged by members of the militant group Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines province of Sulu, the military said.
The Abu Sayyaf gunmen, estimated at around 50, waylaid about 40 people, including children, who were on board two vehicles at around 8.30 a.m. in Lumapid village in Talipao town of Sulu, said Martin Pinto, commander of the Sulu-based 2nd Marine Brigade of the government troops.
The victims, accompanied by 10 Barangay (village) Police Action Team (BPAT) members, were on their way to a nearby village to celebrate the Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the observance of Ramadan.
The 19 fatalities included 13 females and six males, including some children, Xinhua reported.
Pinto said marine soldiers reached the scene of the incident and helped in extricating the dead and wounded victims. Soldiers were also deployed to conduct pursuit operations…
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Another case of Muslims killing other Muslims.
It appears that the dead Muslims were not supportive of Abu Sayyaf’s plans for a caliphate in the Philippines.