The Philippine army chief says troops have killed three gunmen allied with the al-Qaida-affiliated Abu Sayyaf group in a clash that also wounded a soldier.
Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz says government troops clashed for 30 minutes Sunday with at least 20 gunmen near Etub-etub village in Sumisip township on southern Basilan island.
Ortiz says three gunmen were killed while the others fled aboard three motorboats. The gunmen left two M16 rifles at the scene of the fighting.
Regional military spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang says the gunmen have been providing logistical help to the Abu Sayyaf, which has been blamed for kidnappings, bombings and banditry.