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3 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu encounter — AFP

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MANILA, Philippines — Three members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were believed to be killed in an encounter with the Philippine Marines in Sulu, the military said Monday.

Troops from the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 clashed with undetermined number of bandits under sub-leader Najir Arik in Simisa Island in Banguigui on Sunday, the Western Mindanao Command said.

Three Abu Sayyaf were reportedly killed while there were no casualties from the government side, according to the military.

Government troops are continuing with their pursuit operations, the military added. /kga

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