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Philippine troops, backed by rocket-firing helicopters and artillery fire, killed up to nine Abu Sayyaf extremists in fighting Thursday after the new military chief warned of a "shock and awe" offensive to wipe out the militant group known for its brutality.One soldier was killed and six wounded as government troops battled about 130 Abu Sayyaf fighters in the jungles of mountainous Patikul town in Sulu province, said regional military spokesman Maj. The militants were led by one-armed Abu Sayyaf commander Radulan Sahiron but it was not immediately clear what happened to him. In nearby Basilan province, troops fought about 200 Abu Sayyaf gunmen for five hours late Wednesday.
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