MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say two armed men robbed and fatally shot five bedding merchants on the troubled southern island of Basilan.

Al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants and other armed groups operate on the island, and community leaders recently have complained of worsening lawlessness. An attack on a store last week killed a man and a five-year old boy, and an ambush a day later wounded a city official, his driver and a 15-year-old girl.

Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, a military spokesman, said two men launched the latest attack in Hadji Muhammad Ajul township Monday.

He says the assailants robbed and shot the bed cushion vendors, leaving five dead and one wounded.

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