Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Gunmen take Philippines island
The Philippine military on Tuesday deployed troops to Balabac Island off Palawan province after a group of armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), occupied the island on Saturday and terrorized civilians there.
The Navy has deployed patrol vessels and gunboats to Balabac Island to prevent the gunmen, reportedly led by a certain Pa Guru, from escaping.
The Abu Sayyaf and the MILF, like the MNLF, are fighting for an independent Islamic state in southern Philippines. This week, the MILF caused the death of 23 soldiers during a clash in Basilan province in Mindanao. The group was reported to have been covering the retreat of the Abu Sayyaf, a foreign terrorist organization in the book of the US State Department.