MANILA, Philippines—Two suspected members of the homegrown terror group Abu Sayyaf, including a leader, were killed in separate clashes with government forces in the Abu Sayyaf bailiwick Sulu province early on Friday (Nov. 20), according to the military.
Soldiers from the Marine Battalion Landing Team 1 were on patrol at Bud Bawis Complex in the town of Panamao, Sulu when they clashed with the group of Hatib Munap Binda, an Abu Sayyaf leader, past 5 a.m., the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said.
The gun battle lasted for around 30 minutes, ending with the terror suspects fleeing. Marines found the body of Binda and two assault rifles.
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