PATIKUL, Sulu—Three people were killed and 2 others injured in a firefight between government forces and Abu Sayyaf bandits here.
A soldier and 2 Abu Sayyaf members were killed in the gun battle last Thursday, the military said.
The remains of the Abu Sayyaf members, however, were not recovered.
Two other government troops, meanwhile, were left wounded when the terrorist group fired at soldiers in Barangay Tugas, Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said.
The military was in the area to pursue the abductors of a Department of Public Works and Highways engineer.
Sobejana urged residents, particularly village officials, to implement measures to prevent kidnapping incidents.