Eight rebels linked to ISIS killed in Sultan Kudarat

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Metro Mania (CNN Philippines) — Eight suspected members of the rebel group Ansar Khalifa Philippines are dead after an encounter with the military in Sultan Kudarat early Thursday (November 26).

Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan said the firefight in Palimbang town lasted about four hours.

Tan said one of those killed was reportedly Abdul Fatah, an Indonesian national who is a high-value target for the military.

The spokesman added several weapons were recovered from the encounter site and five ISIS flags.

The group had pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video posted on YouTube last year.