ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed by government soldiers on Thursday morning.
The military said Abu Sayyaf member Hakim Entong and an unidentified ASG member under Ustadz Abbas Alam died following a 30-minute gun battle with soldiers in Barangay Tuburan, Hadji Mohammad Ajul, Basilan.
The troops involved in the gun battle were from the 4th Special Forces Battalion under Joint Task Group Basilan. A civilian volunteer led by Basakan Barangay Chairman Manding Salih also aided the military.
Prior to the killing of the two bandits, about 30 civilian volunteers confronted Alam's group for 45 minutes in Barangay Tuburan.
No casualty was reported on the side of the government.