Philippines prison raid leaves terror leaders dead

[JURIST] Twenty-eight people died Tuesday during a raid on a Philippine maximum security prison as police acted to suppress an uprising headed by prisoners affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group [BBC profile]. Abu Sayyaf is linked to al-Qaida and has been responsible for deadly attacks and ransom kidnappings in which hostages have been beheaded. The inmates attempted a jailbreak Monday, but failed negotiations prompted Tuesday's deadly raid. Among the dead are three Abu Sayyaf leaders and a fourth member of the terror group. Before the raid, the inmates had warned of retaliatory bombings if there was an assault on the jail. AP has more. The Philippine Daily Inquirer has local coverage.

 

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