THREE members of the Abu Sayyaf Group and a soldier were killed while 10 others were wounded when government troops overran the group’s bomb factory on Thursday in Basilan, a military official said on Friday.
Rear Admiral Reynaldo Yoma, commander, of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Task Force Zambasulta (Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi) said troops under Joint Task Group Basilan encountered more or less 25 ASG men led by Ustadz Abbas Alam together with Malaysian jihadist Moham-mad Najib alias Abu Anas/Abraham in Sitio Project, Barangay Tuburan Proper on Thursday.
The firefight, according to Yoma, lasted for about four hours after which the bandits withdrew leaving behind one of their dead comrades.
Seven soldiers and three bandits were also wounded in the encounter, Yoma said.
He said the ASG camp was being used as factory for improvised explosives device as evidenced by various types of bombs and bomb-making paraphernalias recovered.
The identities of the dead and wounded soldiers were withheld pending the notification of their families.