Clashes with rebel groups in the Philippines claim lives for four soldiers, wounds 17

Per the information made available by the Philippines Army, a clash erupted between Abu Sayyaf rebels and the Philippines soldiers.

Major Arvin Encinas of the Western Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said that four soldiers were killed and 17 others wounded in the clash with about 40 suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels, in a remote village in the Sulu province of the Philippines.

Major Arvin Encinas said that the 40-minute fight broke out around 8:20 a.m. local time on June 5, in a village near mountainous Patikul town, a known stronghold of the extremist group.

In the fighting, two Abu Sayyaf bandits were also killed, confirmed Major Arvin Encinas.

Abu Sayyaf, with an estimated 400 fighters, is considered the smallest but one of the most violent extremist groups in the southern Philippines who is active in the impoverished island provinces of Sulu and Basilan.

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