Troops tackle mil­i­tants

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

Philip­pine of­fi­cials say days of in­tense mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions have killed 54 Mus­lim mil­i­tants from a largely un­known group that au­thor­i­ties say have ties with Is­lamic ex­trem­ists from In­done­sia and have car­ried out be­head­ings ap­par­ently in­flu­enced by ISIS. Ma­jor File­mon Tan, a re­gional mil­i­tary spokesman, said yes­ter­day that op­er­a­tions that started on Thurs­day in south­ern Lanao del Sur prov­ince against the Maute group are still un­der­way. Two sol­diers have been killed and nine wounded. Tan says air strikes were also used to find those be­hind the be­head­ings last month of two kid­napped sawmill work­ers.

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