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09 sept. 2020 | 09h17 UTC

Philippines: Security forces target Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes in Zamboanga Sibugay province September 9

Philippines Alerte de sécurité

Security forces target and kill at least five Abu Sayyaf militants in fighting in Zamboanga Sibugay province on September 9; further clashes between the forces in the area is possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/9/2020, 12h00 until 11/9/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Manila). COUNTRY/REGION Zamboanga Sibugay province, Roseller T Lim


At least five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants were killed on Wednesday, September 9, in clashes with security forces in Zamboanga Sibugay province. According to media sources, government troops conducted an operation on Wednesday morning following intelligence regarding the presence of militants in the mangrove area of Roseller T. Lim town. Reports indicate that at around 02:00 (local time) a firefight broke out between the two sides. Initial reports indicate that at least two soldiers were wounded in the clashes. Government troops reportedly recovered firearms during the operation, and had two helicopters providing air support. It is unclear if the fighting is ongoing.

Further clashes are possible in the area over the near term.


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.


Those in the area 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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