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    Death toll in Phl ambush rises to 21

    SHORTLY after President Benigno Aquino III delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex Monday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported that the death toll from the unprovoked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) ambush in Talipao, Sulu has climbed to 21.
    Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, AFP public affairs office chief in Southern Philippines, said the 8:30 a.m. attack was carried out by 50 ASG terrorists headed by Indang Susukan and Sibih Pisih.
    They attacked a convoy of 40 civilians and 10 village police aboard two public utility vehicles.
    Among the casualties were 15 women and six men, while 13 others were wounded, including children.
    "The AFP condemns this heinous atrocity that victimized innocent civilians. This attack cannot be justified by any ideology and shows the Abu Sayyaf’s terroristic nature. The military will continue its pursuit operations until those responsible are brought to justice," Zagala stressed.

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