At least five suspected Islamist militiamen died this Wednesday in a confrontation with the Philippine military in the south of the archipelago, the Philippine armed forces reported.
The fight also resulted in two Filipino soldiers being wounded. According to Brigadier General Leonel Nicolas, the confrontation took place before dawn in a city in the province of Zambooanga Sibugay, about 780 kilometers south of Manila.
The troops were pursuing militiamen from the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, who reportedly wanted to carry out several kidnappings in the region, according to the Philippine Armed Forces secret service. “Local citizens informed the authorities of the presence of these terrorist groups, which resulted in a timely response from our troops,” said the general.
According to an army spokesman, Captain Clint Antipala, the troops recovered four firearms after a shooting that lasted around 30 minutes in the town of Presidente Roxas.