President Rodrigo Duterte orders the elimination of Abu Sayyaf militants

A picture made available on 27 August 2016 shows Filipino soldiers unloading the bodies of slain Abu Sayyaf militants, killed during a military offensive in Patikul, on the island of Sulu, southern Philippines, 26 August 2016. At least six members of militant group Abu Sayyaf were killed on 26 August, including one involved in the kidnapping of two Canadians who were beheaded in southern Philippines, according to regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan. Soldiers clashed with 100 members of Abu Sayyaf as they carried out President Rodrigo Duterte's orders to eliminate the militants, Tan stated. The rebel group has been known for extortion, kidnappings, and bombings. They are still holding foreign hostages from Norway, the Netherlands, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Source: Cyprus News Agency