MANILA (Mabuhay) – Fourteen suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed following a 10-hour firefight with government troops in Sulu province, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Wednesday.
In a radio interview, military public information chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said at least one Marine was killed in the clash, which started at 4 p.m. Tuesday and ended at 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Zagala said the firefight occurred in Barangay Buhanginan in Patikul town.
“Nagkaroon tayo ng 17 wounded and one Marine patay. Sa Abu Sayyaf, 14 ang kanilang patay,” he said in an interview on dzBB radio.
He said the fighting may be related to the capture of an Abu Sayyaf camp in Sulu last Monday.
“Naniniwala tayo itong kampong ito importante sa kanila,” Zagala said.
But Zagala declined to name the Marine fatality until his family has been notified. (MNS)