Two policemen killed, another two injured in Philippine attack

MANILA (Xinhua) – Two policemen have been killed and two others wounded after suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists attacked a police station in a remote town in Sulu province in the southern Philippines, a local official said yesterday.

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARRM) Interior and Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo said the attack took place around 6.30pm local time on Saturday in Parang town in Sulu, and both policemen died on their way to a local hospital.

The Abu Sayyaf Group is considered the smallest but the most violent of the extremist groups in the southern Philippines. The group, which has an estimated 400 fighters, is active in the impoverished island provinces of Sulu and Basilan.

The group is responsible for a series of kidnappings, deadly bombings, ambushes of security personnel and extortion in the Mindanao region.

The group, which has been terrorising the Philippine southern region since the 1990s, preys on foreign tourists, businessmen and fishermen not only from the Philippines but also from Indonesia and Malaysia and hide them in Philippine jungles or remote islands.