ZAMBOANGA CITY – An Abu Sayyaf militant was reported killed and an army soldier wounded in a firefight in the town of Patikul in Sulu province in southern Philippines, the military said Monday.
The Western Mindanao Command said the weekend clash broke out in the village of Kan Ague between the pro-ISIS group and members of the 32nd Infantry Battalion.
The fighting lasted 20 minutes with the military alleging that a militant was slain and that an army man had been injured. “A firefight ensued which lasted for 20 minutes after which enemy withdrew towards southeast direction. This resulted to the death of one ASG member and the slightly wounding of one soldier,” the military said.
It did not say whether troops recovered the slain militant or if the casualty report was based on intelligence report as it usually quote in many armed clashes in Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi, all in the Muslim autonomous region.
The military said Lt. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, chief of the Western Mindanao Command, has ordered an intensified campaign against the Abu Sayyaf to ensure peaceful elections next Monday.
“The Western Mindanao Command continuously conducts intensified military operations to deter the different threat groups from creating havoc. We are also intensifying our security preparations for the 2019 midterm elections next Monday,” Dela Vega said.
The Abu Sayyaf is still holding several Filipino and foreign hostages in the troubled region. (The Zamboanga Post)
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