Islamist Militants Kill 16 in Attack in Philippines

MANILA (DPA) — Sixteen people were killed Monday in an attack by suspected Islamic militants while on their way to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan in the southern Philippines, the military said.

Children were among the 13 injured in the attack, which was believed to have been triggered by a feud, said Brigadier General Martin Pinto, a marine brigade commander.

"The victims have a family feud with the Abu Sayyaf," he said.

Pinto said the victims were travelling in two vehicles on the way to visit relatives when Muslim Abu Sayyaf rebels opened fire at them in Talipao town on Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila.