Five die as army, rebels clash in Basilan

July 26, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The military staged an attack on Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan on Thursday, leaving at least five people dead, including three Abu Sayyaf members, a security official said yesterday.

The clash occurred at the village of Ungkaya in Pukan town around 1pm when two platoons of soldiers from government’s 18th Infantry Battalion backed by the military intelligence on their way to track down the Abu Sayyaf faction met with the group, said Rowena Muyuela, spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).

The dead militants were tagged as those involved in the abduction of US national Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann and her son Kevin Eric two years ago. Muyuela identified the slain Abu Sayyaf sub-leader as Sulaiman Ajanti alias Ulay while his two followers were unidentified.

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