Man killed in southern Philippines land mine attack

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A man was killed and a girl seriously injured Friday by an improvised land mine in the southern Philippines, local media reported.

The MindaNews website reported the victims – a 25-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl – were tending to cattle near Limbocandis, Basilan province – a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group.

Local police chief, Sr. Insp. Alchmad Alibonga, said the man died on the spot while the girl was rushed to hospital.

Capt. Rowena Muyuela, spokeswoman for the military's Western Mindanao Command, said: "Based on the report we received from investigators in Basilan, the residents living near the highway heard a loud explosion at around 7 a.m. (0100GMT)."

In another attack, three civilians were injured in an ambush on security forces in Limbocandis around 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Security forces’ spokesman Ensign Chester Ian Ramos said the civilians were hit by stray bullets from suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen.

In the neighboring island province of Sulu, three soldiers were wounded in Patikul in a 30-minute clash with members of the Abu Sayyaf Friday when their convoy was ambushed, military officials said.

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