Philippines: 57 dead in clashes with militants

Clashes between troops and suspected al-Qaida-linked militants have killed at least 57 people and wounded 42 others on volatile southern Jolo island this week, the Philippine military said Friday. The death toll included 25 soldiers and 27 militants killed Thursday when suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists ambushed a truck carrying troops headed to get supplies, then fought a running gunbattle with soldiers in pursuit, said Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro, the military's spokesman. "As far as I can remember, this is our biggest casualty in a day," Bacarro told reporters. Ten soldiers and 25 militants were wounded in Thursday's clashes, he added.