The Latest on clashes between Philippine forces and suspected militants (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Clashes between Philippine troops and suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have raised concerns about tourism in the central province where the fighting is occurring.
Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano said Abu Rami was "a very notorious Abu Sayyaf leader", who had climbed the ranks of separatist group.
Ano said captured Abu Sayyaf militants identified Askali from a photo troops took of the young militant leader after death, which confirmed that the gunmen who quietly cruised into Bohol on three motorboats Monday night then clashed with troops belonged to the Islamic extremist group.
The military tagged Abu Rami as a self-proclaimed spokesman of the Abu Sayyaf group, which is based in the southernmost part of Mindanao, particularly in Sulu province.
The militant group demanded a ransom, which Canada refused to pay, and both Canadian men were beheaded previous year.
Ano adds that Askali was "trying to make a name of his own, trying to arrange a career" to replace Abu Sayyaf's current leaders. "If they have further plans to kidnap innocent people somewhere, they will now have to think twice".
In the same encounter, three soldiers and a police officer were also killed. Askali was involved in those kidnappings and the captives' gruesome murders, Ano said.
He said Askali had led several fighters, who travelled by speedboats from their jungle hideouts in the southern Sulu province to Bohol, in an apparent bid to carry out another kidnapping in a region that is popular for its beach resorts and wildlife.
Although they rely mainly on ransom kidnappings, Abu Sayyaf has displayed incredible resiliency and has survived through USA -backed military offensives under six presidents. He was directly involved in some of the worst atrocities carried out by the Filipino jihadis, including the beheading of German national Jurgen Kantner and Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall.
Sporadic firefights continued by nightfall in Inabanga's Napo village and two outlying villages, where residents have fled to safety.
"It is unlikely that they have the operational capability to do further damage now". Hoteliers and visitors told AFP the incident had not affected tourist traffic on the island, though there was increased police security.
The Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ransom group also blamed for the nation's worst terror attacks, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State movement that holds large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
He did not specify how many security forces had been drafted in but said that they were from the army, navy and air force.
Its boat-riding gunmen have been boarding commercial and fishing vessels and abducting dozens of foreign crew members.