Philippine Special Forces repelled an attack by over two dozen Abu Sayyaf militants who were heavily armed. At least three of the terrorist fighters were killed and two troops were wounded during the attack. Soldiers from the 6th Special Forces Battalion led the firefight that lasted for over 30 minutes before the militants were forced to retreat. The battalion leader commented that it was unclear if Abu Sayyaf commander Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan was among the group. Sawadjaan took command of the Islamic State extremist group in 2017 and has since been committing and planning numerous attacks, including bombing local churches.