Abu Sayyaf 'logistics man' slain in Sulu gunfight
The military on Sunday said commandos killed a suspected logistics officer of the Abu Sayyaf Group during an encounter with the bandits Saturday night in Pandami, Sulu.
ABS-CBN Regional Network Group reported that according to the military, the slain suspect identified as Sam Andal was among a group of bandits being chased by soldiers from the Philippine National Police and the Navy in Sitio Buta-Buta in Barangay Parian Dakula.
The military's Western Mindanao Command, no one was killed on the government side.
Police and military operatives were able to recover an M-16 rifle, an M-79 grenade launcher and ammunition from the clash site.
On Sunday, officials brought Andal's corpse to a mosque in Zamboanga City to be accorded burial rites according to Muslim tradition.
The Abu Sayyaf has been tagged by the military as one of the Philippine groups being funded by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.
The bandits were also involved in a number of abductions involving foreign and local tourists and the beheadings of some of them. With reports from David Santos and Leila Vicente