ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, (AFP) - A top commander of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf is among six men killed in fighting Sunday on an island in the restive south, the Philippines military said. The head of military forces in the south said that among those killed on Jolo Island was Albader Parad, an Abu Sayyaf chief who led the abduction of three Red Cross workers last year. One of those six... we recovered was Albader Parad, as confirmed by four civilian sources we have, Lt-Gen Benjamin Dolorfino told reporters. He also confirmed that another of those slain, Abdulhan Jumdail, was identified as the cousin of Umbra Jumdail, one of the core leaders of the Abu Sayyaf. Previously, military sources said it was a brother of Jumdail that was killed in the latest fighting. Dolorfino described the action as a surgical, intelligence-driven operation. The assault on the Abu Sayyaf group began late Saturday in the island of Jolo and raged on till Sunday morning with three soldiers wounded in the fighting, Dolorfino said. While fighting has ceased, the soldiers are still trying to track down any remnants of the group, he added. This is a very big accomplishment for us, it means we surprised the enemy, Dolorfino said. The Abu Sayyaf group, which was formed in the 1990s allegedly with seed money from Osama bin Ladens Al-Qaeda network, has been blamed for a string of kidnappings in the Philippines as well as the bombing of a passenger ferry in Manila Bay that killed over 100 people in 2004. Sundays fighting came just three days after Philippine authorities arrested another Abu Sayyaf member who had been on the run for nine years. Jumadail Arad was allegedly on a mission to buy firearms for the group when he was arrested Thursday in a joint navy and police intelligence operation. The military said Arad was the driver of a speedboat used by the Abu Sayyaf in a 2001 raid on an island resort in which Christian missionary couple Gracia and Martin Burnham and fellow American Guillermo Sobero were kidnapped. Sobero was beheaded as a warning to pursuing troops and Martin Burnham was killed in a raid which successfully recovered his wife.