Four soldiers and two alleged local terrorists were killed in a firefight in Patikul, Sulu, military said.
Troops from the 6th Special Forces Battalion engaged about 40 local terrorists while on patrol in Barangay Kan-ague in Patikul town Friday, June 5, said Maj. Gen, Corleto Vinluan Jr, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu.
The government forces recovered two enemy cadavers and found traces of blood stains indicating heavy casualties on the terrorist group’s side, he said.
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, however, said the Armed Forces of the Philippines mourns the death of four soldiers.
He said that 17 soldiers were also wounded during the 40-minute skirmish.
The injured soldiers were immediately brought to Kuta Heneral Teodolfu Bautista Hospital in Jolo, Sulu.