Philippines: 12 Soldiers killed by Muslim terrorists of Abu Sayyaf

At least 12 soldiers from the Philippines have been killed during heavy fighting with Abu Sayyaf militants, the army have said.

It means Monday was the deadliest day for Philippine troops since President Rodrigo Duterte was elected in May.

Abu Sayyaf is one of the smallest and most violent jihadist groups in the southern Philippines.

Its name means “bearer of the sword” and it is notorious for kidnappings and attacking civilians and the army.