At least six suspected Abú Sayyaf members have died in the Philippines this Friday after a recorded confrontation with the country’s army, which has also confirmed three victims in their ranks.
According to the Philippine Army’s regional spokesman, Arvin Encinas, three soldiers were injured in the clash in the city of Patikul on the island of Jolo, a thousand kilometers south of Manila.
Filipino army troops patrolled when they were shot by an unspecified group of people who allegedly belonged to Abú Sayyaf.
After 40 minutes, the suspected members of the group left the site, sending several soldiers to catch them.
Abu Sayyaf is considered the most violent group in the Philippines and is related to the Islamic State. The group is classified as a terrorist by the country’s government as well as the United States and the European Union.