US military advisors due in Philippines for anti-terror training; Muslim rebel negotiator killed
United States military advisers are due to visit the southern Philippines next week to lay the ground for a new round of anti-terrorist training in the Philippines, the local military said on Monday.
The team will visit the southern port city of Zamboanga to inspect possible training sites and accommodation for American trainers, it said, cited by AFP.
The trainers will provide ten months of anti-terrorist instruction to 16 Filipino light infantry companies of about 1,600 soldiers, Filipino Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes said last month.
Meanwhile, also in the Philippines, a lone assailant has shot and killed a peace negotiator for a Muslim separatist group in the country, the military said Sunday.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiator Edu Abdulah, aged 45, died instantly from four gunshot wounds, the military said. Authorities suspect the motive for the killing could be personal grudge, and a manhunt has been launched for the killer. (Albawaba.com)