ZAMBOANGA CITY – Government troops on Wednesday killed 3 Abu Sayyaf militants and captured 3 more in separate operations in Sulu province and Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said.
Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command, said soldiers clashed with militants in the village of Sukuban in Sulu’s Omar town and killed 3 of them. Troops also recovered 8 high-powered firearms left by fleeing Abu Sayyaf members.
There were no military casualties, she said.
Police, backed by soldiers, also captured 3 militants in Zamboanga, one of them – Kimhar Asusi - at the pier shortly after he disembarked from a boat that came from Sulu and the two others - Al Hamed Manalas Abdurahman, 37, and Murasidol Abdurahman, 32, - in the village of Maasin.
Security forces also seized ammunition and a grenade from the duo. (Mindanao Examiner)