AN ABU Sayyaf Group (ASG) member was killed while a soldier was wounded in a clash in the province of Sulu, the military said on Thursday, July 20.
The Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) said the clash occurred around 6:50 a.m., Thursday, at Sitio Kabbon Latih in the village of Latih, Patikul town.
The JTFS said the troops were on focused military operations when they clashed with a group of bandits.
The bandits who figured in the clash were followers of Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders Jamiri Jaong Jawhari alias Amah Bers, Basaron Arok, and Amah Ollah. The bandits fled to different directions.
The troops recovered the remains of a slain Abu Sayyaf bandit and three high-powered firearms at the clash site.
The JTFS withheld the identity of the wounded soldier except in saying he belongs to the Army’s 21st Infantry Battalion.
The task force said the focused military operations continue in a bid to rescue the hostages in the island province of Sulu.
The Abu Sayyaf bandits are still holding captives 24 hostages, including 16 foreigners. (SunStar Philippines)