“Suspected al-Qaida-linked militants raided a village in the southern Philippines early Saturday, killing 11 people in the country’s worst militant attack on civilians in nine years.
Gunmen from the extremist Abu Sayyaf group backed by renegade Muslim separatist rebels fired grenade launchers and automatic rifles on houses while residents were asleep, killing one government-armed militiaman and 10 civilians in the village of Tubigan on Basilan Island, said deputy regional police commander Sonny David.
‘The villagers were sleeping when the Abu Sayyaf came with their guns blazing. They spared no one, not even the children,’ David said. “