At least five Abu Sayyaf militants and a soldier were killed in recent clashes between government forces and the terrorist group in the southern Philippines, military officials said Friday.
According to Divino Rey Pabayo, a military commander in the Sulu province of the southern Philippines, an encounter was sparked in the wee hours of Thursday when government troops attacked 20 Abu Sayyaf members in a town of Sulu province.
According to Pabayo, four Abu Sayyaf members were killed and five others wounded in the clash, while a government soldier was also killed and two others wounded in the encounter, reported Xinhua news agency.
Meanwhile, another Abu Sayyaf member was killed when government troops assaulted the terrorist group in another town in Sulu province on Thursday morning, he said.
The military also said that early this week, at least eight Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to the local government in the southern Philippines.
The Abu Sayyaf Group, notorious for kidnappings, bombings and attacking civilians and the army, is one of the smallest and most violent terrorist groups in the southern Philippines.
The group, numbering about 500, has been sowing terror in the southern Philippine region since the early 1990s.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK