MANILA - State forces have killed the grandson of an Abu Sayyaf group leader in the southern Philippine province of Sulu who was allegedly involved in Friday's clash that left 11 soldiers dead, the military said Sunday.
Alias Vikram, a relative of ASG leader Radullan Sahiron, was known for making improvised explosive devices involved in the bombings of the Jolo Cathedral and 1st Brigade Combat Team last year, the Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command said in a statement.
"He was also involved in the encounter with the 21st Infantry Battalion" in Patikul town last Friday, where 11 soldiers died and 14 others were injured, according to Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Joint Task Force Sulu commander.
Vikram and another bandit were on board a motorcyle in Talipao town when soldiers intercepted them on Saturday night, the military said.
Soldiers conducted pursuit operations against them after being fired upon by the ASG members, the military statement added.
"This successful operation proves that the direct involvement of the communities would put up pressure on the Abus and constrict their movements as well," WesMinCom chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said.
There is no casualty on the government side.
On Saturday night, the remains of 8 of the 11 soldiers who died in Friday's encounter were flown to Manila, said Lt. Col. Arvin John Encinas, spokesman of the WesMinCom.
A send-off ceremony was tendered before the remains were transported via a military aircraft from the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City.
"These brave soldiers had left us physically, but their heroism will remain in our hearts forever," Sobejana said in a statement.