Thursday, April 02, 2009

Troops, tanks advance to Sayyaf stronghold after beheading deadline expires

03/31/2009 | 09:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine troops and tanks are advancing toward a jungle stronghold of al-Qaeda-linked extremists after a deadline expired for the beheading of one of three Red Cross hostages.

Officials redeployed government forces near the Abu Sayyaf camp in Indanan township on southern Jolo Island and put the predominantly Muslim region under a state of emergency after talks for the safe release of the hostages became bogged down and the militants threatened to behead them by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

There was no immediate indication that any of the Swiss, Italian and Filipino hostages, who have been held since Jan. 15, were killed after the deadline expired.

Jolo Governor Sakur Tan said an informant told him that all the hostages were still alive but his source had no proof. - AP

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/155014/Troops-tanks-advance-to-Sayyaf-stronghold-after-beheading-deadline-expires

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