militants fired at two low-flying military helicopters in Basilan province in
the southern Philippines
on August 16, 2009, injuring two journalists who were on board, according to local
and international reports. The militants were thought to belong to the Abu
Sayyaf Group, which is allegedly linked to Al-Qaida.
journalists worked for the state-owned television National Broadcasting Network.
They suffered splinter wounds but were not seriously injured, according to the
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines. A photographer
employed by the Office of the Press Secretary also suffered injuries, the union
said. The journalists were briefly treated at a hospital after being hit by
metal debris, The Associated Press reported.
The news team
was on its way back to Zamboanga
City after covering a
flag-raising ceremony in an Abu Sayyaf camp and were flying low due to bad
weather when militants opened fire. The helicopter pilot was forced to make an
emergency landing in a village in
Lamitan municipality, according to the union.