ZAMBOANGA CITY: Army soldiers killed an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) rebel in fresh clashes that also left four infantrymen wounded in Basilan province.
The fighting erupted late Thursday in the village of Umalon in Ungkaya Pukan town after troops pursuing the rebels caught up with them, resulting in a firefight.
Soldiers from the 18th Infantry Battalion (18thIB) also recovered the body of the slain rebel.
The clashes coincided with the ASG bombing in Lamitan City, also in Basilan, that injured Senior Insp. Gean Gallardo, chief of police. The improvised explosive device (IED), planted near a gasoline station, went off while policemen were preparing to disarm the bomb.
It was the second bombing in Lamitan this week, after the Abu Sayyaf also detonated an IED outside a nightclub, but no casualty was reported.