Government troops attacked on Jolo island

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  • Tuesday, 08 Feb 2005

MANILA: Hundreds of armed followers of a jailed former Muslim rebel leader attacked government troops and occupied at least one army detachment on Jolo island yesterday, sparking clashes that killed at least 12 soldiers and wounded 15 others, military officials said. 

The attacks by about 500 followers of Nur Misuari in Jolo's Panamao and at least two other nearby towns were apparently touched off by a disagreement over recent military offensives against the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf that affected his strongholds, army Brig Gen Agustin Demaala said. – AP  

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