Philippine troops kill al-Qaida-linked militant

Philippine troops killed a senior al-Qaida-linked militant who allegedly led an urban terror unit of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group, a military spokesman said Wednesday. Binang Sali was killed in a brief gunfight with intelligence agents and army Scout Rangers in the village of Anuling outside Patikul town on Jolo island late Tuesday, said Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro. Military Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon said Sali's death "translates to one bomber less that could carry out an attack on any target" during the twin Asian summits scheduled in central Cebu city later this week.