Duterte: No more Abu Sayyaf in Bohol

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Davao City (CNN Philippines, May 16) — President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed on Tuesday news that troops killed the two remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf in the island province of Bohol.

"I'm happy also to report the last remaining Abu Sayyaf... tapos silang lahat. All accounted for. Patay silang lahat," Duterte said here in remarks upon his arrival from Beijing.

The two Abu Sayyaf bandits identified as Abu Ubayda and Abu Asis, were killed in separate firefights by government troops in the town of Calape, Bohol, the military and police said Monday.

Ubayda and Asis are said to be the last of the 11 bandits who entered the town of Inabanga, Bohol on April 10, supposedly to kidnap travelers in the popular tourist island, ahead of a senior officials trade meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations there.

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The military earlier said it is on track with its goal of eliminating by July the Abu Sayyaf, on orders of President Duterte to go on an all-out war against the bandit group. Some of its leaders and members surrendered or have been killed in recent weeks.

Abu Ubayda was killed in a brief exchange of fire on Monday after fleeing from government troops with Abu Asis, officials from the police and military said.

Meanwhile, Abu Asis, who escaped the first firefight, was killed later in the day, they added.

Earlier, the two took a resident hostage, who was later released as the two attempted to flee on a motorcycle from government troops, it said.

Government troops seized an M-16 rifle from Abu Ubayda.

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong and Bohol-based journalist Dave Albarado contributed to this story