Philippines: Rebels Trash Ramadan Truce


September 29, 2007: After more than a month without contact, troops on Basilan island ran down several groups of Abu Sayyaf rebels in several clashes over the past few days. There have been several dozen casualties among the rebels and security forces. On nearby Jolo island, Abu Sayyaf rebels fired a rifle grenade into an army camp, wounding a soldier. This violated the Ramadan truce the troops were observing.

September 23, 2007: About a hundred NPA rebels raided a police outpost, overpowering the four policemen, and taking ten weapons and some radios.




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