MANILA (UPDATE) - A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed by security forces during a military operation in Indanan town, Sulu on Tuesday morning, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.
Troops from the Philippine Army's 41st Infantry Battalion reportedly encountered ASG members in the village of Tumatangis in Indanan past 7:30 a.m., leading to a fierce 15-minute firefight.
This resulted in the death of the Abu Sayyaf member, who remains unidentified as of posting. A soldier was also wounded.
After the encounter subsided, soldiers recovered the body of the slain bandit. An M-16 rifle with an M-203 grenade launcher, several ammunition, 4 cellphones, an improvised solar panel, and 2 bags were also recovered.
Rice, food, and drug paraphernalia were also seized, the military said.
On April 24, Abu Sayyaf bandits and Moro National Liberation Front fighters engaged in a 40-minute gun battle in Indanan, which left 3 of the extremists dead and 7 MNLF fighters wounded.
The bandits were holed up in the village of Kagay, just 400 meters away from the base camp of MNLF.
Earlier this month, 12 soldiers were killed while 13 others were wounded in a firefight between government troops and the ASG gunmen in Patikul town, Sulu.
The military encountered the Islamic State-linked terrorists in Barangay Danag who were believed led by Abu Sayaff leaders Radullan Sahiron and Hatib Hadjan Sawadjaan. Sawadjaan is believed to be the acting leader of the so-called Islamic State in the Philippines.