Filipino extremists kill at least 16 villagers

  • AP, Manila, Philippines
  • Updated: Jul 28, 2014 12:01 IST

Philippine military officials say Abu Sayyaf gunmen have killed at least 16 villagers, including women and children, in a road attack as the civilians traveled in two vans to visit relatives at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan in the south of the country.

Monday's attack was one of the bloodiest by the Abu Sayyaf in recent years.

Marine Brig. general Martin Pinto says the Abu Sayyaf militants staged the attack in a coastal village in Talipao town on Monday morning in predominantly Muslim Sulu province, where the militants have survived in their jungle encampments despite years of US-backed Philippine military offensives.

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