Sayyaf men, sol­dier killed in Sulu clash

The Philippine Star - - NATION - By ROEL PAREÑO

ZAM­BOANGA CITY – Sev­eral Abu Sayyaf ban­dits and a sol­dier were killed in an en­counter in Patikul, Sulu on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial.

Lt. Col. Gerry Be­sana, Western Min­danao Com­mand spokesman, said vil­lage in­for­mants con­firmed that an un­de­ter­mined num­ber of ban­dits were killed and wounded in the fire­fight with per­son­nel of the 21st In­fantry Bat­tal­ion in Barangay Bungkaong at 5:38 p.m.

Be­sana said an M14 ri­fle was re­cov­ered from the ban­dits after a 30-minute gun­fight.

“Based on... in­tel­li­gence (re­ports), there was an un­de­ter­mined num­ber of ca­su­al­ties, but there was no fig­ure avail­able,” he said.

Be­sana said Cpl. Her­ald Malayag was air­lifted to the Camp Navarro Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in this city, where he was pro­nounced dead.

Pur­suit op­er­a­tions for Abu Sayyaf ban­dits, who are still hold­ing three for­eign­ers and three Filipinos, are on­go­ing.

Pres­i­dent Duterte or­dered gov­ern­ment forces to res­cue the re­main­ing hostages and wipe out the Abu Sayyaf be­fore the end of this year.

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