Philippine troops kill seven Abu Sayyaf militants in clash

Leader of Al Qaeda-linked group Abu Sayyaf wounded as seven militants killed in clash with Philippine troops

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Government soldiers take part in a firefight militants in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines

Philippine security forces wounded the leader of the Al Qaeda-linked militant group Abu Sayyaf as seven other militants were killed in a clash in Jolo, the southern island of the country on Friday.

The army is still looking for militants that killed one Philippines soldier and fled the scene.

An army general said the leader of the militant group, Radullan Sahiron, who is on US State Department’s wanted list with a $1 million reward for his capture, escaped after being wounded.  

"There's an intelligence report that Radullan Sahiron was wounded in the firefight," said General Alan Arrojado.

General Alan Arrojado told reporters that there was an intelligence report that stating that Radullan Sahiron, who is widely known with his involvement in the kidnapping of US tourists in 2001 from a resort on Palawan island “was wounded in the firefight” with 100 militants.

Arrojado also stated that the army did not have information of where exactly Sahiron was shot but they knew that one of his assistants was shot in the leg.

The Abu Sayyaf known for kidnappings, beheadings, bombings, and extortion activities has declared alliance to the terrorist group DAESH in a video published in 2014.

In a recent video posted on a Facebook account linked to the militants, they threatened to kill the hostages unless a huge ransom was paid by April 8.

The Philippine military said the government's no-ransom policy remains and security forces would continue efforts to secure the safe release of the captives.

In November, the militants killed a Malaysian engineer.

TRTWorld and agencies