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ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Philippine military said on Wednesday that a top leader of the Abu Sayyaf group of militants was killed in a clash with troops at a rebel jungle camp.
Abu Sulaiman, one of the top five leaders of the Abu Sayyaf, was killed in a gunbattle on Tuesday on the southwestern island of Jolo, military spokesman Major Eugene Batara told reporters.
The military had previously said Sulaiman might have been wounded in the clash but Batara said a body found when the fighting subsided turned out to be that of the militant leader.