Philippine troops kill 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes

The military said Friday that largest fighting involved 120 militants led by Hajjan Sawadjaan and Radullan Sahiron near the village of Panglayahan. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 April 2019

Philippine troops kill 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes

  • The military’s Western Mindanao Command says the 12 militants were killed in four separate clashes Thursday
  • It says several army scout rangers were wounded in the fight

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: The Philippine military says 12 Abu Sayyaf militants have been killed in clashes as army troops pressed an offensive in a southern province after the extremists were blamed for the deadly bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral.
The military’s Western Mindanao Command says the 12 militants were killed in four separate clashes Thursday in mountainous Patikul town in Sulu province. The bodies of two of the slain militants were retrieved.
It says several army scout rangers were wounded.
The military said Friday that largest fighting involved 120 militants led by Hajjan Sawadjaan and Radullan Sahiron near the village of Panglayahan.
Sawadjaan is the main suspect in the Jan. 27 cathedral bombing that killed 23 people in Sulu.


GOP’s Romney, long a Trump critic, voted — but not for Trump

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GOP’s Romney, long a Trump critic, voted — but not for Trump

  • It was the latest chapter in the bitter history between the two men

WASHINGTON: Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he’s voted in the Nov. 3 election — but not for the leader of his party.
“I did not vote for President Trump,” the Utah senator told CNN. He did not say whom he did vote for.
It was the latest chapter in the bitter history between the two men, who represent two wings of the modern Republican Party. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has said publicly that the New York real estate magnate is unfit for the presidency. In 2016, Romney wrote in the name of his wife, Ann, rather than vote for Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee.
Then, President-elect Trump appeared to court Romney for secretary of state, culminating in a now-famous photo of the two eating dinner in New York. Trump later said he was trying to humiliate Romney, and the Cabinet post instead went to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.
In the Senate, Romney was the lone Republican to vote for Trump’s impeachment earlier this year.