Army death toll climbs to 10

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(2nd UPDATE) 10 soldiers and 8 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf were killed in a clash in Basilan

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Ten soldiers and 8 alleged Abu Sayyaf members were killed in a clash in Basilan Thursday, July 26, the military said. A total of 12 troops were wounded.

The clash between Army troops and about 50 alleged ASG members began at 7.30 a.m. Thursday in Barangay Upper Cabengbeng, Sumisip town in Basilan.

The bodies of the slain soldiers had been airlifted to Zamboanga City, Yogyog said.

This is the third fatal clash in Basilan this year.

Earlier this month, 6 farm workers in a convoy were killed and 22 others were wounded in an ambush also in Sumisip, Basilan.

In April, suspected Abu Sayyaf members killed 3 militias conducting security patrol at rubber plantation in the same town.

In October 2011, a similar incident occurred in the area, which resulted in the death of 19 people. – Rappler.com