Philippine troops kill 3 Muslim extremists, capture Al-Qaeda-linked training camp

10:13, March 14, 2010      

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Philippine troops killed at least three Muslim extremists and captured a training and bomb-making camp of Abu Sayyaf group in restive south on Friday, a senior military official said Saturday.

Benjamin Dolorfino, a marine commander, said that troops were on patrol in Baiwas, a known Abu Sayyaf-controlled village in the town of Sumisip, southern Basilan Province, when they met the Muslim militants.

A gun battle ensued, he said, leaving three militants dead and 12 others injured.

The enemy's training camp, located in Barangay Baiwas, Sumisip town, could accommodate as many as 100 people and fortified with improvised bombs as booby traps, he said.

The 380-strong Abu Sayyaf group, founded in the early 1990s by Islamic extremists, is notorious for kidnappings, bombings and even beheadings in southern Philippines over the past decade.

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