MANILA - Six bandits from the Abu Sayyaf group were killed and 8 soldiers were wounded in a firefight in Patikul, Sulu -- the second encounter between the 2 groups there in less than a week, the military said Thursday.
The clash between the 45th Infantry Battalion and an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf fighters in Barangay Latih lasted for about 30 minutes on Wednesday night, said the Western Mindanao Command.
Abu Sayyaf fighters Guro Khalid, Udal Muhamadar Said, and alias Budah were found dead at the site.
The gunbattle also killed 3 other bandits, whose bodies were not recovered at the area, based on the bloodstains there, said Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu.
The 8 wounded soldiers were brought to the Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City.
An encounter with the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul last Friday left 12 soldiers dead and wounded 13 of their comrades.
Some of the soldiers' bandoliers and ammunition were recovered from the second clash site, said the military.
The military is "sustaining our focused military operations in Sulu to finish the Abu Sayyaf Group and bring about peace in the said province," said Wesmincom chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.
The Islamic State-linked terrorist group is behind deadly bombings and kidnap-for-ransom operations mainly targeting foreigners.