The Western Mindanao Command announced that the number of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in Thursday's clash in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan has now climbed to 11.
This was disclosed by Capt. Rowena Muyuela, Western Mindanao Command spokesperson, in a statement forwarded to the PNA Friday.
Initial reports placed the number of ASG dead to three, with an undetermined number of wounded.
The bandits were headed by Furudji Indama and Nurhassan Jamiri.
Joint Task Group Basilan commander Col. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista said two of the ASG casualties were identified as Abdullah Kalitot alias "Abdullah" and a certain Hidzran while eight others were wounded.
Kalitot, an ASG member under the group of Jamiri, escaped from the Basilan Province Jail on Dec. 31, 2010.
The suspect was charged with nine counts of murder committed in Basilan in 2007 and had a bounty of Php500,000 for his immediate capture.
On the government side, one suffered from major wounds and six others incurred minor wounds mostly caused by shrapnel.
Intensified law enforcement operations are ongoing as of this posting.