BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi - A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf was killed in a shootout with police and military forces at a checkpoint in Barangay Lapid-Lapid, authorities said.
The suspect, Shaiful Julaili, allegedly fired at soldiers in the area and tried to elude a checkpoint, according to the the Naval Forces Western Mindanao.
Julaili sustained a gunshot wound on his chest and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
The suspect is allegedly in cahoots with Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf members to kidnap people from the boundary of Tawi-Tawi and Sabah, Malaysia.
Authorities in Tawi-Tawi are on alert following attacks in Sulu and Zamboanga City.