TWO suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a clash with combined elements of Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine National Police (PNP) the other day in Zamboanga City.
The identities of the slain bandits were not yet available as of press time.
Reports said the incident occurred at noontime on Monday in the vicinity of Sitio Niyog-Niyog, Bgy. Muti, Zamboanga City.
Investigators said a Navy component, composed of intelligence, fast craft and naval special operations personnel, together with police forces, were on maritime patrol operation in the area when they encountered ASG members under ASG sub-leader Marzan Ajijul.
The Navy team sighted a motorized pump boat in the area with two suspected ASG members conducting extortion activities on small-scale fishermen.
The team responded but the suspects fired at them, triggering a firefight that lasted for 15 minutes, killing the two bandits.
Recovered from the suspects were a cal. .45 pistol, a hand grenade, suspected shabu and a 13-horsepower single engine watercraft with the marking “Irsan” used by the suspects.
No casualties were reported on the Navy side.