BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhua) – A military spokesman said Saturday that one soldier, two soldiers and a civilian were killed in a shootout in Basilan province. The southernmost island province of the Philippines happened Friday evening.

Arvin Encinas, a military commander from the Western Mindanao Army Command, said four other people were also injured in the shooting, which happened around 9:30 pm. Friday in a remote village near Tipo-Tipo.

A separate report said that the Basilan Island Joint Task Force said the shooting happened at a distance of about 120 kilometers from a military base. The group confirmed that the attackers were residents of the monitoring station there, led by Karim Manisan. The suspects fled after the incident.

Police and military forces are now on the hunt for Manisan and those involved in the shootings.

Translated by: Mao Bopha January