Philippine Marines disembark from a troop transport. File photo

3 Abu Sayyaf killed in clash in Sulu town
Roel Pareño (Philstar.com) - December 9, 2017 - 7:15am

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Troops of Joint Task Force Sulu killed three Abu Sayyaf militants in a clash in a village of Panamao town, Sulu on Friday.

Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, JTFS commander, said personnel from Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 engaged around 20 Abu Sayyaf militants under Radulan Sahiron in a firefight in Barangay Suh on Friday afternoon.

The dead militants were identified as Sahiron's brother-in-law Peping Jamalul, Aldi Abtahi — son of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Amlon Abtahi — and Nelson Rajak.

The ten-minute firefight also left other militants wounded, Sobejana said.

The Marines recovered an M16 rifle and a .45-cal pistol after the clash.

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