MILF gives head in Philippines

Philippine Air Force helicopter, Lamitan

Philippine troops say they have recovered the bodies of 14 marines, some of them beheaded, after clashing with Muslim fighters on the southern island of Basilan.

Officials said the soldiers were ambushed as they were on the trail of a kidnapped Italian priest who went missing in the area a month ago.

Nine other soldiers were wounded in some of the bloodiest fighting this year near the town of Tipo-Tipo late on Tuesday.

Military officials said at least 20 fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were killed in the fighting, although MILF leaders said they lost only four men.

Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Caculitan said the attack began as troops moved into an MILF camp.

The bodies of at least 10 soldiers had been beheaded, Caculitan said, including those of six marines earlier reported missing.

‘Troops beheaded in Philippines’ (al-Jazeera report)

Crikey.

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