MANILA — Six members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), including sub-leader Mohammad Said who was allegedly involved in the Samal Island raid, were killed during focused military operations in Patikul town, Sulu Friday morning.
Seventeen troopers were also injured in the fighting.
The 45-minute clash took place at 6:12 a.m. in Sitio Makaita, Barangay Bunkaong, of the said locality, said Western Mindanao Command (WMC) spokesperson Major Filemon Tan.
Joint Task Group Sulu troops were conducting operations in the area when they encountered an estimated 100 ASG bandits, triggering a heavy firefight, which killed Said and five other bandits and wounded an undetermined number.
Tan said the remains of the fallen bandits were recovered by government troops.
Said, who is also known as “Ama”, has five standing warrants of arrest for murder.
“Subject is involved in the abduction of the Samal kidnap victims where two Canadians were beheaded. Along with that group, Maritess Flor was released and Norwegian Kjartan Sikkengstad is still with the ASG,” he added. PNA/northboundasia.com