Sayyaf casualties climb to 11

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines continued its law enforcement operations in Basilan province Friday as the number of casualties in the side of the Abu Sayyaf group climbed to 11.

The military initially reported that the Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Nurhassan Jamiri and Firudji Indama have suffered three fatalities in a clash that broke out around 6:55 a.m. Thursday.

However, Army's 104th Infantry Brigade command chief Colonel Rolando Joselito Bautista said eight more Abu Sayyaf followers were reported wounded as the troops continue the law enforcement operations.

Bautista said one of the three slain Abu Sayyaf bandits was identified as Abdullah Kalitot, who faced nine counts of murder and with a monetary reward of P.5 million for his arrest.

Bautista said Kalitot, a follower of Jamiri, escaped from the Basilan provincial jail on December 31, 2010.

Bautista said the other slain Abu Sayyaf bandit was only identified as a certain Hidzran.

He said seven soldiers were wounded during the clash. They were taken to a military hospital for treatment.

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