4 wounded in Abu Sayyaf assault in S Philippines

15:12, March 20, 2010      

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Abu Sayyaf gunmen assaulted a paramilitary outpost in southern Philippines on Saturday, wounding four persons, local newspaper Inquirer reported on its website.

The attack was staged at around 06:00 a.m. local time in Sumisip, Basilan Province, Inquirer quoted the Western Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as saying.

The four wounded include a soldier and three members of the Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) during the attack on the outpost in a village, Westmincom spokesperson Lieutenant Esteffani Cacho said.

"The soldier and the CAAs were manning the temporary checkpoint when Abu Sayyaf gunmen staged the harassment," Cacho said.

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

Source: Xinhua
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