Philippine troops kill 2 al-Qaida-linked fighters

January 9, 2011 09:11

MANILA, Philippines  — An army official said Philippine troops have killed two suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen and captured another during a clash in the country's volatile south, enforcing a new counterinsurgency plan that rules out any peace talks with the al-Qaida-linked militants.

Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz said troops caught up with an unspecified number of Abu Sayyaf fighters and allied rebels Sunday during an assault in the mountainous outskirts of Tipo Tipo town on Basilan island, sparking a 45-minute gunbattle.Ortiz said two militants were killed and another was captured by the soldiers, who also recovered two M16 rifles with ammunition and a rocket-propelled grenade. There were no army casualties.

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