3 Abu bandits killed in Basilan

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: At least three Abu Sayyaf rebels were killed and four soldiers wounded in a clash that broke out on Sunday in the restive province of Basilan in southern Philippines, officials said.

Capt. Roy Trinidad, a military spokesman, said troops clashed with about four dozen rebels under Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Radzmil Jannatul in Baiwas village in Sumisip town.

“At least three Abu Sayyaf [men]were killed and several more wounded in the fighting that also injured four of our troops,” Trinidad told The Manila Times.

He said the fighting lasted about 40 minutes.

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Troops are chasing after the Abu Sayyaf bandits, according to Trinidad.

It was not immediately known whether Jannatul was with the rebels or if he was among the wounded who managed to escape from the military assault.

Trinidad said operations against the rebels are continuing in Basilan, one of the five provinces under the troubled Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao.

AL JACINTO

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