From GMA News (Mar 16): Suspected Abu Sayyaf member killed in Sulu
A suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member was killed in an armed encounter will the military in Patukul, Sulu on Thursday morning.
Members of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion engaged about 30 Abu Sayyaf members led by ASG sub leader Sukara Inggug in Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu.
The firefight lasted about 45 minutes and the bandits withdrew leaving behind the dead ASG member identified as Roger Samlahon.
Soldiers seized firearms after the encounter such as a shattered rifle believed to be an R4A3 with attached M203 Grenade Launcher, two magazines with ammunition, two cellphones and one backpack.
"We attribute the latest combat success against this notorious Abu Sayyaf Group to the LGU and local residents of Patikul who pinpointed their location to the CAFGU Active Auxiliaries and Special Forces Soldiers," said Brigadier General Cirilito E. Sobejana, JTF Sulu commander, in a statement.
"We are grateful not just to them but to all peace-loving Tausugs who are positively responding to our call to end terrorism in Sulu. We are optimistic that with your active support we will be able neutralize the remaining terrorists and ‘win the peace’ that is the key to development of this province," he added.