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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-27

In an attack led by a top commander of the Abu Sayyaf militant group on Saturday, insurgents killed 10 people in the southern Philippine island of Basilan, according to security officials.

AFP - Al Qaeda-linked Muslim militants attacked a town in the southern Philippines on Saturday, killing 10 people, military and police spokesmen said.
  
Members of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group and other gunmen raided the town of Maluso on the island of Basilan before dawn, killing a government militiaman and nine civilians, said Lieutenant Steffani Cacho.
  
Soldiers were sent to secure the area but the attackers fled after burning several houses including the village chairman's, said Cacho.
  
The attack, led by Abu Sayyaf commander Puruji Indama, was motivated by a personal grudge with the village chairman, said Basilan police chief Senior Superintendent Antonio Mendoza.
  
The attack came hours after two men kidnapped by the same Abu Sayyaf band in Maluso over three months ago walked free.
  
Indama kidnapped factory workers Michael Tan, Oscar Lu and Mark Singson on November 10. Singson's severed head was recovered in early December but Tan and Lu were picked up by police late Friday.
 

Date created : 2010-02-27

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