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
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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.


Gulf Arab youths form volunteer group in Australia

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Gulf Arab youths form volunteer group in Australia

  • Wasel Club is the first Arab volunteer group in the capital city of South Australia Adelaide
  • The club chose to begin with the traditional Gargee’an

ADELAIDE: Young Arabs from various Gulf countries have organized a volunteer group to spread Gulf culture and traditions in Australia.
Wasel Club, the first Arab volunteer group in the capital city of South Australia Adelaide, aims to achieve its mission by enhancing cooperation and teamwork through various cultural, national and social activities.
The club has chosen to begin with the traditional Gargee’an, which takes place in the middle of Ramadan, during which families give different kinds of treats to kids and traditional games are played by the elderly.
“We’d been thinking of a good way to commence our activities. Gargee’an is an activity that involves all ages,” Razan Al-Dossary, the founder of Wasel and a nursing student at South Australia University, told Arab News.
“Gargee’an is an interesting, fun and friendly event that allows people to connect with each other and see interesting aspects of Arab culture and society,” she said.
“All members of the (Wasel) team are students who are thousands of miles away from home. We saw an opportunity for us and other Arabs to experience the way Gargee’an is done back home.”