8 dead, 25 wounded in heavy fighting between Philippine troops and Abu Sayyaf militants

April 9, 2015 8:42 AM

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MANILA, Philippines – Officials say Philippine troops, backed by attack helicopters and artillery fire, battled with at least 250 Abu Sayyaf militants in the country's restive south, leaving two soldiers and six militants dead.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said Thursday's heavy fighting in Sulu province's Patikul township wounded 15 soldiers and 10 rebels.

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