Troops kill 6 Philippine rebels

Among the seven killed is a senior Abu Sayyaf member wanted by the US.

    One of the Abu Sayyaf men arrested in southern Zamboanga city [AP]

    Judnam Jamalul, one of those killed, and known by his alias, Black Killer, is among 17 Abu Sayyaf leaders and members, who are wanted by the United States for their role in attacks on American citizens.

     

    Khadaffy Janjalani, the group's chief, is among them.

     

    Arrests

     

    In another operation, two other Abu Sayyaf members, who allegedly took part in an assault on a government hospital in 2001, were arrested in southern Zamboanga city, said Lieutenant-Colonel Bartolome Bacarro.

     

    The Abu Sayyaf abducted three American tourists and 17 Filipinos from a resort in May 2001.

     

    One of the Americans was beheaded soon after the kidnapping and another was killed during a military rescue operation the following year.

     

    Bacarro said the troops recovered the boat used by the group, an M-16 rifle and an M203 grenade-launcher following the clash in the waters off the Philippines' southernmost province, about 1,050km southwest of Manila.

     

    No other details were immediately available, he said.

     

    Major Eugene Batara, spokesman for the military's Southwestern Command, said two other Abu Sayyaf members were arrested in a restaurant in Zamboanga.

     

    He said the two were allegedly involved in the siege of a government hospital in the nearby island province of Basilan where the gunmen took a nurse hostage. The nurse later died in rebel hands.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.