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Philippine military plane carrying 85 people crashes

A Philippine military plane carrying at least 85 people has crashed in the southern Philippines on Sunday.

“So far 40 people have been rescued from the burning wreckage of the C-130 transport aircraft, which was trying to land on Jolo island in Sulu province,” the AFP quoted Armed Forces Commander General Cirilito Sobejana as saying.

Many of the passengers had recently graduated from basic military training and were being deployed to the restive island as part of a joint task force fighting terrorism in the region.

The Philippine military has a heavy presence in the southern Philippines where militant groups, including the kidnap-for-ransom outfit Abu Sayyaf, operate.
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