By Francis Wakefield
Another alleged Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member was killed in an early morning encounter between soldiers and the bandit group in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, October 30.
The killed terrorist remains unidentified.
Recovered from him were an M-16 assault rifle with an M203 grenade launcher attached and an improvised explosive device (IED).
The fatality was among a group of about eight men who engaged in a brief firefight with elite troops from the 11th Scout Ranger Company at 6:45 a.m. Sunday. The others reportedly scampered away.
The troops arrived after local residents informed them about the presence of armed men in the area.
The killed bandit is the 37th ASG member killed since combat operations against the group were intensified in July, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP Westmincom) said.
Scores of other bandits have been wounded in the heavy fighting. On the side of the government troops, 15 were killed while 28 were wounded in action.