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Militant slain, another arrested in Philippines: Military

world Updated: Jun 06, 2009 15:20 IST

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An Islamic militant was killed and another captured in the restive southern Philippines, the military said on Saturday.

Marine troops attacked a jungle hideout of the Abu Sayyaf militant group near Tipo-Tipo town on Basilan island on Friday, killing a suspect and capturing another, said Captain Neil Estrella, spokesman for a counter-terrorist task force based in Zamboanga city of Philipines.

The raid led to the capture of Kamsa Limaya, accused by police of being behind the abduction of two female hostages last year. The two victims were freed unharmed after two months of captivity.

One of the fleeing gunmen was shot dead in a firefight with the troops,, Estrella told reporters.

The Abu Sayyaf is alleged by the military to have received financing from the Al-Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden and provided training facilities for Jemaah Islamiyah militants operating elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

The Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for the worst terrorist attacks in the Philippines, including the firebombing of a ferry on Manila Bay that claimed more than 100 lives in 2004.