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The military has launched an offensive against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the south, threatening peace talks. MILF fighters killed four soldiers and three policemen in an ambush in Zamboanga Sibugay province.
Thirteen suspected Abu Sayyaf Group fighters and an officer and a marine were killed during fighting in Sulu. The Abu Sayyaf fighters attacked troops guarding a construction project in the southern province.
Security forces captured Abu Sayyaf commander Jurri Hamsiraji after a firefight in the southern Philippines. Hamsiraji served under a slain Abu Sayyaf leader who was known as Commander Robot.
Security forces killed three Abu Sayyaf fighters during a clash in the village of Etub-Etubin Basilan province. The remaining members of the 20-man-strong unit under the command of Abdulbaki Ismanul fled on boats.
A spokesman for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front said that terrorist Abdul Basit Usman has been seen with the forces of dissident MILF leader Ameril Umbra Kato. Usman, who is linked to both the Abu Sayyaf Group and Jemaah Islamiyah, is wanted by the US. Security forces captured an Abu Sayyaf fighter in Basilan.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front expelled a commander just hours before negotiations with the government began. MILF said it would not provide support to Ameril Ombra Kato, the leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
Two men who were planting a bomb on a road in the southern Philippines were killed in a premature detonation. The chief of police speculated that the bomb was intended to disrupt talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Marines claimed they killed three Abu Sayyaf fighters during a clash in the town of Patikul in Sulu province. The clash took place near where two Marines were beheaded by Abu Sayyaf fighters last month.
Police arrested Ricardo Ayeras, a founding member of the Rajah Solaiman Movement, a group of Christian converts to Islam that has allied with Islamist terror groups. Ayeras was arrested and released two times, in January and August 2007, and accused police of torture.