Joint Task Group Sulu (JTGS) military commander Alan Arrojado identified the wounded militant as Ben Saudi, sub-leader of the Ajang-ajang subgroup of the Abu Sayyaf
based in Sulu.
Misuari was concerned about the safety of the hostages and residents who live near the forested hideaway of the Abu Sayyaf
Group, the source said.
Rami also revealed that top Philippine government officials were among members of the team that delivered the money to the Abu Sayyaf
in an undisclosed village in Patikul.
Seven foreigners -- a Dutch man, a Swiss national, an Australian, two Malaysian traders, an Indian married to a Filipina and a Japanese man -- are believed to still be held by the Abu Sayyaf
and other outlawed groups.
Government troops engaged about 70 members of the militant group at dawn Thursday in Patikul, Sulu, and captured an Abu Sayyaf
camp after four hours of fighting.
A local official has confirmed that Parad was among six Abu Sayyaf
fighters killed on Sunday in an encounter with a unit of Philippine marines in Maimbung town on Jolo island, 1,000km south of Manila.
He said the Abu Sayyaf
unit was led by Albader Parad and Abu Pula, two senior commanders of the group thought to be holding Vagni.
Commander Ghalib 'Robot' Andang had earlier pledged to free all six Europeans yesterday.
On October 17, the Abu Sayyaf
freed the couple with Abu Raimi claiming that Germans were released after payment of the P250 million ransom.
The encounter was fierce and troops encountered a big group of the Abu Sayyaf
," he said, adding extra forces and air support had since been called into the area.
Authorities were holding the wounded Abu Sayyaf
member and captured another suspected Abu Sayyaf
member, he said.
Among those who escaped are believed to be several key members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf
ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government forces battled yesterday Abu Sayyaf
militants in two fronts in the southern Philippines, where security forces, backed by US military, are trying to defeat the notorious group blamed for the spate of deadly attacks that left hundreds of people dead.
Government negotiators were also trying to resume food supplies and medical missions to the hostages, held by Abu Sayyaf
rebels in the mountains of Jolo island, executive secretary Mr Ronaldo Zamora said.
Manila: The palace on Sunday confirmed that another key member of the Abu Sayyaf
was killed in an encounter with government forces in Sulu.