Tuesday, May 07, 2013 3:48 am
Philippine firefight kills 2 soldiers, 2 militants
The Associated Press
An army commander in Basilan province, Col. Carlito Galvez, said Tuesday that American and Filipino troops were on their way to a village in the poor, predominantly Muslim region to distribute livestock when they were attacked Monday.
He says two militants were also killed in the firefight.
U.S. troops have been training Filipino soldiers in a fight against al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants for more than a decade. Galvez says the Americans quickly withdrew because they are legally barred from participating in combat.
The military has recently stepped up offensives against the Abu Sayyaf, which has threatened U.S.-financed development projects.