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Abu Sayyaf militants suspected in deadly Eid attack in Philippines

At least 21 people were killed and another 14 wounded in a suspected Abu Sayyaf attack against a group of civilians and village peacekeepers en route to an end of Ramadan celebration on the autonomous island of Sulu in the Philippines.
By JC Finley   |   July 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM   |   Comments

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MANILA, July 28 (UPI) -- The Muslim rebel group Abu Sayyaf is suspected of launching a deadly attack Monday against a group en route to an Eid al-Fitr celebration on the autonomous island of Sulu in the Philippines.

A group of 50 militants, led by Abu Sayyaf members Idang Susukan and Sibih Pisih, attacked a two-vehicle convoy carrying approximately 40 civilians and 10 village peacekeepers around 8:30 a.m.

At least 21 were killed, including women and children, and 14 others wounded, most of whom were children.

Brig. Gen. Martin Pinto, commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade based in Talipao, acknowledged, "We have yet to determine the motive of the attack," but said the attack may have been motivated by a clan feud.

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