Philippines separatists open training camp to prepare for fight against Philippine troops (Photo by AP)
The United States has condemned the attack, calling it a serious violation of humanitarian law and a call for an international investigation.
“This is the most brazen attack 더킹카지노on civilians in 20 years that I’ve ever witnessed,” said Robert Mook, the director of the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
Possible links between the attacks were never ruled out by U.S. officials who had seen security camera footage of the attack. Philippine authorities could not immediately confirm that.
President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed “zero tolerance” in de우리카지노aling with groups who carry out attacks like the Philippines’ latest military campaign in Mindanao.
One of the alleged targets in this latest campaign were four militants identified as belonging to Abu Sayyaf and Abu Sayyaf-affiliated groups which have long been on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list.
It was unclear if these men were killed during the recejarvees.comnt offensive, which was largely coordinated by the Philippine army. The government has denied that any troops were involved.
“I don’t have the full extent,” said Navy Capt. Rob Moore of the U.S. military, “but in terms of the timing of this escalation, it looks like it’s aimed at bringing [U.S.] troops out at a time when they were able to assist.
“I think that has to be one of the motivations behind it.”
The Philippine army, which has been waging an offensives in recent months in southern Luzon province to drive out suspected rebels, said in a statement that it has killed five militants “who attempted to break into its base in the area, but were subsequently repelled.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.