Monthly Archives: September 2010

Philippine Troops Kill Wanted Militant

The New York Times
Published: September 19, 2010

MANILA — Philippine troops killed on Sunday a top Abu Sayyaf militant who helped plan and carry out the 2001 kidnapping of three Americans and 17 Filipinos from a popular Philippine resort, military officials said.

Abdukarim Sali, who also went by the names Benjami Sali and Ben Rafy, was killed during a 10-minute firefight with soldiers and police, said First Lieutenant Jinky M. Perez, a military spokesperson in the southern Philippines. The incident occurred in Lantawan town, on the province of Basilan island where the Abu Sayyaf was founded in the early ‘90s and maintains a presence despite the nearly decade-old U.S.-backed campaign to flush them out. Continue reading

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