ZAMBOANGA CITY – Special Forces killed an Abu Sayyaf fighter and injured his wife in a clash with a band of pro-ISIS militants in the southern Filipino province of Sulu, the military said Tuesday.
The Western Mindanao Command said troops from the 2nd Special Forces Battalion killed the militant in the jungle of Talipao town and retrieved his body and two automatic rifles with grenade launchers.
The militant’s wife, Nursaina Jarad Sahi, who was wounded during the fighting, had been rushed by soldiers to a military hospital in the capital town of Jolo. The woman, the military said, fought side by side with the Abu Sayyaf in the village of Upper Sinuman.
Soldiers fought about 30 militants for 20 minutes until the terrorists broke into smaller groups and escaped the military assault and leaving the body of the slain Abu Sayyaf gunman and his wounded wife.
“Troops also recovered one M16 rifle with an M203 grenade launcher and one Galil rifle with an M203 grenade launcher. Nursaina Jarad Sahi, who is also a militant’s wife, was nabbed in the engagement area with a firearm,” the military said.
There was no report of military casualties, but security forces were continuing with the hunt for militants in Sulu, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. (Zamboanga Post)
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