MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A second U.S. soldier has died as the result of a land mine attack today by suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in the southern Philippines.
Officials say one Philippine marine also was killed and two others were wounded in the blast on Jolo island. The Americans have been providing combat training and weapons to Filipino troops battling Abu Sayyaf militants.
It was believed to be just the second time U.S. soldiers have been killed in the southern Philippines in violence blamed on the Abu Sayyaf group.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said a Philippine military convoy joined by U.S. troops was headed to an area where troops were building school buildings and digging wells when the mine exploded.
One U.S. soldier died at the scene, while another who was critically wounded in the blast died a short time later.