Updated: 04/11/2014 21:59 | By Agence France-Presse

5 dead in Philippine gunbattle with Abu Sayyaf extremists

Three Muslim rebels and two soldiers were killed Friday in a day-long gunbattle between troops and Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf extremists blamed for beheadings and kidnappings in the southern Philippines, the military said.


5 dead in Philippine gunbattle with Abu Sayyaf extremists

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

"As of this time, 29 WIA (soldiers wounded in action) and two KIA (soldiers killed in action). Enemy, three killed," military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said in a brief statement.

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