At least 3 dead including a 7 yrs. old child and a woman after soldiers of Task Force Zamboanga encountered suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Limaong Island Zamboanga city past 5 AM, Friday.
Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of TFZ said a bandit was killed during the 10 minutes gunbattle, identified as Abu Nibras, known follower of Isnilon Hapilon and Abdullah Indanan in Basilan.
Nicolas said the child and woman were caught in the crossfire.
He said the operating troops have no idea that there were civilians near the encounter site.
He said the troops were verifying information from civilians that armed men were sighted in Limaong island on Friday dawn accordingly. Three minors were also reported wounded after being caught in the crossfire. They brought immediately to a hospital for medical attention.