Philippine soldiers were on combat patrol in Patikul, a jungle-dense island in the extreme southern province of Sulu, when they came upon 40 heavily armed militants and touched off a fierce gun battle, said Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo (NYT)
Video below is an interview with Elina Noor from the Malaysian Institute of Strategic and International Studies with ABC.
The secondary event which is also notable is the 30 tons (1500 bags) of Ammonium Nitrate which was intercepted off the coast of Bali. (here ABC)
South Sulawesi was the intended destination of the chemical. Indonesian Police have six suspects who have been detained.