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Three more Abu Sayyaf terrorists, including one leader, killed on Bohol



Abu Sayyaf leader Joselito Melloria lies dead. (Photo courtesy of Bohol provincial administrator ALFONSO A.E. DAMALERIO)

Three more Abu Sayyaf terrorists — including one leader — have been hunted down and killed on Bohol Island.

Two of the militants were killed on Saturday (April 22) during a clash in the mountain village of Caboy, in Clarin, a military source said.

Caboy is about two miles from Barangay Bacani where government troops had earlier killed Joselito Melloria, a group leader.

Military sources say they were tipped off by a habal-habal driver had noticed his passenger, who had come to the village to buy bread, was dishevelled and smelt bad.

Melloria is a native of Barangay Napo in nearby Inabanga town who left the village a few years ago to marry a daughter of an Abu Sayyaf leader.

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He returned to the island on earlier this with 10 other terrorists, apparently preparing to launch a kidnapped raid on a tourist resort.

There is also speculation they were planning to disrupt the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Panglao, which ended on Saturday.

Four other Abu Sayyaf raiders were killed during a gun battle in Barangay Napo, which lasted for about 24 hours and involved at least 10 airstrikes by the Philippine Air Force.

Government troops are still hunting down the remaining four terrorists who fled with Melloria to Clarin. They are believed to have hidden in a cave in the town’s Barangay Bacani.

The military have cordoned off the site and are laying siege.

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