More troops sent to fight gunmen on Philippine tourist island

More troops sent to fight gunmen on Philippine tourist islandThe Philippines sent military reinforcements to one of its most famous tourist islands Wednesday as a deadly operation to flush out heavily armed Islamic militants entered its second day. The army said the death toll rose to 10 before dawn as government forces killed a sixth gunman believed to be from the Abu Sayyaf, a notorious southern Philippines-based group which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Local officials said at least 10 armed men sailed upriver Monday to a rural area of Bohol island, one of the country’s top tourist draws, raising fears they were there to kidnap foreign visitors travelling for the Easter holidays.



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