Gunmen attack marines outpost in Sulu: 15 killed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 September 2011 16:47

Fifteen people, including two soldiers, were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked yesterday a military outpost in Talipao, Sulu.

The pre-dawn attack on the Marine outpost left two soldiers dead and five wounded, Lt. Colonel Randolph Cabangbang said.

Thirteen of the attackers were reportedly killed in the clash.

The military was still checking which of the many armed groups in Jolo island might be behind this attack.

“Everyone in this island has a gun. It is not automatic that armed men are (Muslim separatist) rebels or terrorists,” Cabangbang told AFP.

“We are looking into what motivated this group to attack the outpost,” he added.

The island of Jolo is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, an outlawed Muslim extremist group.

The Abu Sayyaf has been linked to the worst terror attacks in Philippine history, including a ferry bombing that killed more than 100 people in 2004.

But Cabangbang said the Abu Sayyaf did not usually attack heavily-armed military outposts and preferred to stage kidnappings for ransom, and bombings.

Aside from the Abu Sayyaf, the other armed groups in Jolo include bandits, former Muslim separatist rebels and the private armed bands of powerful political clans.