Philippines says kills 15 al-Qaida-linked militants

February 2, 2012 11:47

MANILA - Fifteen alQaida-linked militants, including three faction leaders, were killed on Thursday in an air strike on a rebel camp in the southern Philippines, officials said, hailing the strike as a victory in the fight against terrorism.

Among those killed in the attack on Sulu island were at least two members of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI), a Southeast Asian group behind a bombing on the Indonesian island of Bali in 2005 in which 202 people were killed, many of them foreign tourists.

"We commend the AFP with this victory in the continuing fight against terrorism," presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in a message to reporters, referring to the armed forces of the Philippines.

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