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Abu Sayyaf gunman killed in Philippines clash

A ranking member of the Muslim kidnapping gang Abu Sayyaf was killed and a pro-Government militiaman wounded in a clash in the southern Philippines, the military said on Wednesday. Militiaman Mabod Manalupong was ambushed on Tuesday by seven Abu Sayyaf guerrillas near the town of Tuburan in Basilan Island, a stronghold of the Al-Qaeda linked gunmen. He was wounded but managed to escape and report the incident to government forces nearby, which then launched a counter-attack. The leader of the Abu Sayyaf unit, Tanakalun Lianson, was killed in the resulting gun battle, the military’s southern command said. Full Story

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