The Philippine military says al-Qaida-linked militants have killed a soldier and five villagers and wounded five others in an attack in a restive southern island province.
Provincial military commander Col. Alex Macario says Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked the homes of pro-government militiamen outside Sumisip township on Basilan Island before dawn Tuesday.
Macario says the militants killed a soldier, one militiaman and four villagers and wounded five other residents.
The assault comes two days after about 50 members of an armed Muslim group with links to the Abu Sayyaf attacked Philippine marines guarding a U.S.-funded school construction project on Jolo Island south of Basilan.
That clash killed 13 gunmen, two marines and two villagers.