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Philippine troops killed one Muslim militant and overran a rebel encampment after a two-day offensive on a southern island, a military commander said Sunday.
Two soldiers were also wounded in the assault on the camp of Abu Sayyaf rebels in Patikul town, Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila, that began on Friday.
Lieutenant General Ben Dolorfino, a regional military commander, said the seized camp was suspected to have been an encampment of Abu Sayyaf commander Radullan Sahiron and his men.
He said Sahiron, one of the leaders of the Abu Sayyaf that is wanted by the United States for terrorism, was at the camp at the start of the offensive but was able to escape.
The fighting was part of the military operation to capture senior militant leader Radullan Sahiron, a former commander of the Moro National Liberation Front which signed a peace deal with Manila in 1996.
He really believed the peace agreement, didn’t he?
It was unclear whether Sahiron was in the camp during the fighting or if he had escaped the offensive. But one of Sahironâ€™s aide was killed in the fighting and that his body was recovered at the weekend.
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