Posted by: JWP | 10/21/2009

Marine officer dies in Sulu blast; 2 others hurt

In yet another attack on government troops in southern Philippines, a Marine officer was killed while two others were wounded on Wednesday in a blast caused by an improvised explosive device.

Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Ramon David Hontiveros said the Marine officer – whose identity was withheld – was leading a foot patrol about 9 a.m. in Barangay (village) Tugas in Patikul town in Sulu “when an IED exploded nearby.”

The province is widely perceived to be the stronghold of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, the “prime suspects” in the attack, according to Hontiveros. MORE

Germany gives P70M for displaced, wounded in Mindanao

The German government has offered €1 million (roughly 70 million pesos) for the victims of conflict in Mindanao.

German Ambassador to Manila Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch said the money would be given to the International Committee of the Red Cross and would be directed to support the internally displaced persons seeking shelter in camps. MORE

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