Philippines clashes leave 43 dead
At least 43 people - including 23 soldiers and 20 militants - have been killed in clashes in the southern Philippines, an army commander says.
Maj Gen Benjamin Dolorfino said 400 troops launched coordinated attacks on a camp belonging to Abu Sayyaf rebels on the southern island of Basilan.
He said soldiers recovered home-made bombs and 13 high-powered firearms.
Fighting has ceased, but troops were combing the area to see if two targeted Abu Sayyaf chieftains had been killed.
Many filipino soldiers die, to rid the philippines of these terrorist/gangsters/criminal slime balls. These low lifes are not Muslims but servants of the devil.