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Militants' bombs kill Philippine soldier, wound civilians

AFP  |  Manila 

Muslim militants who pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group have killed a soldier and wounded three civilians in bomb attacks in the southern Philippines, the said today.

Security forces on the main southern island of have been pursuing pro-IS armed groups following a five-month battle with militants for the city of last year that left more than 1,100 dead.

The soldier was fatally hit Tuesday while his unit was tracking Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) gunmen on a mountain trail near the town of Datu Unsay, regional spokesman told AFP.

"The dead soldier was involved in a clearing operation (against the BIFF)," Encinas added.

A roadside bomb apparently intended for a convoy in the neighbouring town of wounded three civilians instead, Encinas added.

He said both military units were pursuing members who had clashed with security forces in the same region on Saturday, a firefight that left a soldier and five militants dead.

He said some members of the had been trained in making improvised by Zulkifli bin Hir, a Malaysian killed in a police operation in the same region two years ago.

"These are students of Marwan. There's quite a few of them," Encinas said of the bomb makers, referring to Zulkifli's alias.

The Muslim minority of the mainly Catholic considers as its homeland. Decades of armed rebellion in the region have claimed more than 100,000 lives according to official estimates.

Sporadic fighting has continued despite the defeat of the militants and a 2014 peace treaty signed by the main Muslim guerrilla group, the

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 14:50 IST