Philippine army clashes with rebels leaves 12 dead on Basilan, Island

Philippine army forces attacked an al-Qaeda-linked fighters' camp in Basilan Island's Sumisip township. The rebel group had been attacking rubber plantations and army detachments. Travellers should be aware that security has been tenuous in the southern part of the Philippines for decades as Muslim separatist groups have fought for independence or an autonomous region.

Travellers should exercise extreme caution when travelling in the southern parts of the Philippines. Separatist groups are holding several hostages for ransom.

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