MANILA - A Marine and 3 Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed in a clash in Patikul town, Sulu early Thursday morning, the military said.
Capt. Felix Serapio Jr., head of the Philippine Marine's public affairs office, said state troops clashed with around 50 bandits in Minis Island around 2:00 a.m.
Two more soldiers from the 62nd Marine Company under the Philippine Marine Ready Force - Sulu were injured in what was reported as "heavy skirmishes," Serapio added.
He said one of the bandits killed was a sub-group leader of the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu. Troops were able to recover two M14 rifles in the operation.
"The firefight is still ongoing as of this report while the casualties were already extricated," the military official added. -- report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News