Eight killed in Jolo, south of Philippines, after a ‘fierce firefight’ between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf militants

A “fierce firefight” on Saturday killed five soldiers and three militants from the notorious Islamist group suspected of this week’s deadly cathedral bombing in the south of the Philippines, said the military. The soldiers battled the Abu Sayyaf militants on the southern island of Jolo, which is the group’s stronghold as well as the site of dual bomb attack on a Catholic church January 27 that killed at least 21 people and wounded more than 100 others at Sunday mass…