MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) A government soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in two separate clashes between government troops and al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf bandits in the southern island province of Sulu on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Philippine Army said.
At around 6:30 a.m., two platoons from the 33rd Infantry Battalion clashed with and an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf bandits in Upper Sampunay village, Parang town, leaving a soldier killed and five others wounded, said Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr., quoting reports from the Joint Task Force Comet, the military’s counter-terrorism unit.
On Tuesday, at around 4 p.m., elements from the 3rd Marine Brigade encountered a group of Abu Sayyaf on Mt. Tubora in Indanan town, leaving two Marines wounded, said Brigadier General Ruperto Pabustan, chief of the Sulu-based Joint Special Operation Task Force.
The Parang firefight was ongoing as of late Wednesday morning, Torres said, adding that there have been no reported casualties on the bandits’ side.