MANILA - A suspected member of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed in a firefight with government troops in Patikul, Sulu on Saturday night, the military said.
Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, said members of 32nd Infantry Battalion killed an alleged member of the terror group at 6:20 p.m. after clashing with the ASG earlier in the day.
Several improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and personal belongings were recovered by authorities.
"We are thankful for the information given by the local populace every time the bandits come to the area," Pabayo said.
"This only shows that the people is fed up of the menace brought by the ASG and because they want to move forward towards peace and development in their locality."
Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, commander of Western Mindanao, said they have been conducting intensified operations against ASG.
In April, some 139 Abu Sayyaf bandits surrendered to the government.