Philippine Rebels Raid Southern Village, 11 Dead


by NTDTelevision

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About 70 Islamic militants raided a village on the remote southern island of Basilan in the Philippines on Saturday, killing 11 people.

The villagers were asleep when the rebels came and started spraying houses with automatic gunfire, setting them on fire. Ten civilians and a member of the local militia were killed.

An army spokeswoman said troops rushed to reinforce a civilian militia force defending the village. Twenty others were wounded, including four children who suffered third-degree burns.

Hundreds of residents were also displaced.

The militants were avenging the death of a senior leader on nearby Jolo Island.

The attack came hours after security forces rescued two Chinese nationals held captive for nearly four months by Islamic militants in another part of Basilan.

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