Philippine army kills five Muslim rebels

The Philippine army has killed at least five Muslim separatists on the remote southern island of Basilan.

The Philippine army has killed at least five Muslim separatists on the remote southern island of Basilan.

Col Roland Detabali, the army chief in the south, said none of his men were injured in the gunfight with the Abu Sayyaf rebels, who are fighting for an Islamic homeland in the mainly Catholic Philippines.

Col Detabali said the soldiers, who were on a ‘search and destroy’ mission, discovered the guerrillas in the town of Tipo-Tipo.

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