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Text of report in English by Philippine newspaper The Philippine Star website on 8 June
[Report by Roel Pareno: Offensive vs Sayyaf in Basilan on full blast]
ZAMBOANGA CITY , Philippines -Government forces mounted a "full blast" offensive against the Abu Sayyaf group after Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar gave a signal to wipe out in the province the militants after it executed three civilian hostages last week, an official said yesterday.
Combined forces from Marines, Army Scout Rangers, police combat troops are now on hot pursuit operation in the mountains of Sumisip, an area where the Abu Sayyaf fled following initial encounter last week, according to Senior …