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30 Aug 2020 | 05:08 AM UTC

Philippines: Security forces clash with militants in Patikul (Sulu province) August 29

Philippines News Alert

Security forces kill militant in clashes in Patikul (Sulu province) on August 29; further security operations possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/30/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Manila). COUNTRY/REGION Patikul, Sulu province, Sulu

Event

Security forces killed at least one militant during clashes with members of the Abu Sayyaf group in Patikul (Sulu province) on Saturday, August 29. Fighting broke out on Saturday morning when troops encountered a group of militants in barangay Kabbon Takas. One soldier was killed, and seven others were injured in the clashes.

Further clashes are to be expected in the area over the near term.

Context

Abu Sayyaf is an Islamic State (IS)-affiliated jihadist militant group primarily operating in the southern Philippines. It has previously been involved in kidnap for ransom, especially in southwestern Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.

Advice

Individuals in Sulu province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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