Philippine marines killed six al-Qaida-linked terrorists early Sunday in an assault on a rebel encampment on a southern island and were investigating whether one of the dead was a top insurgent leader, a senior military commander said.
A marine special operations platoon raided an Abu Sayyaf camp outside Maimbung township on Jolo island following intelligence reports that two wanted militant leaders, Umbra Jumdail and Albader Parad, were there, said Lt. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino, head of the military's Western Mindanao Command.
One marine was killed and three others were wounded in the clash, Philippine marines spokesman Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo said.
Officials were trying to verify an initial report that one of the Abu Sayyaf commanders was among those killed, Dolorfino said. The operation was based on a "very strong intelligence report" that the two terror commanders were at the camp, he said.