Abu Sayyaf member killed in Sulu

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — The brother of an Abu Sayyaf commander was killed in an encounter with government troops in Sulu on Tuesday.

A report from the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said the body of Nanz Sawadjaan was found after a firefight between the 41st Infantry Battalion and around 40 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sitio Tubig Pansol, Barangay Langhub, Patikul.

The report also said two soldiers were hurt in the incident and were being treated at the Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo.

Troops are still in pursuit of the fleeing ASG members.

Sawadjaan is the younger brother of ASG sub-leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.

The U.S. Defense Department said the elder Sawadjaan is believed to be the Islamic State's new acting leader in the Philippines. He was also the alleged mastermind behind the Jolo bombings in January where 23 people were killed.