ZAMBOANGA CITY—A soldier and a suspected Abu Sayyaf gunman were killed in a 30-minute clash in Patikul town of Sulu on Saturday, the military said.
Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr., chief of the Western Mindanao Command, said the clash occurred at around 9:55 a.m. in Kabbon-Takas village while troops of the 9th Scout Ranger Company were on combat operation.
Vinluan added that the government troops encountered about 30 armed men believed to be led by Radullan Sahiron and Mundi Sawadjaan.
After the gunfight, the soldiers recovered a dead body, identified as a certain Samir Sanni, while two Abu Sayyaf fighters were captured.
Seven soldiers were also wounded in the clash.
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