Baku, August 27, AZERTAC
At least 11 Abu Sayyaf militants, including an influential commander, were killed in a Philippine military assault on the terror network following their beheading of a captive over an unpaid ransom, according to asiancorrepondent.com.
Regional military commander Maj. Filemon Tan says 17 soldiers were wounded when hundreds of army troops surrounded a vast jungle area in Sulu province's mountainous Patikul town Friday and clashed with scattered groups of about 100 militants.
Tan says one of the 11 dead militants is Amah Maas, a commander with severed arms, who had been implicated in ransom kidnappings, including of European tourists.
President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the troops to seek and destroy the militants in their jungle bases after the extremists beheaded a Filipino teenager abducted last month.