Updated: 04/11/2014 18:23 | By Agence France-Presse

20 soldiers wounded in Philippine gunbattle with Abu Sayyaf

Twenty soldiers were wounded Friday in an hours-long gunbattle between troops and Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf extremists blamed for beheadings and kidnappings in the southern Philippines, the military said.


20 soldiers wounded in Philippine gunbattle with Abu Sayyaf

Philippine soldiers stand in formation during the Armed Forces of the Philippines 78th Anniversary in Manila on December 20, 2013 - by Noel Celis

"There is still sporadic fighting in the area. Operations are still going on," national military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said.

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