ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) – Government troops launched an attack Saturday morning on the Abu Sayyaf group in the jungle of southern Philippine province of Sulu, Killing five militants and wounding 7 others, a military officer said.
Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu (JTGS), said the government security forces launched the offensive about 7am
at the far flung village of Talipao town.
He said the troops pounced on the militants led by Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan while they were regrouping and preparing to move out to elude pursuing troops.
“The offensive resulted in 5 Abu Sayyaf members killed in action and 7 others wounded,” Arrojado said.
The 400-strong Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), founded in the early 1990s by extremists, is a violent terrorist group operating in the southern Philippines.