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Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43; terror suspect possibly killed

Members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Forces load bodies of police commandos into vehicles in Maguindanao, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. (AP Photo)

Members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Forces load bodies of police commandos into vehicles in Maguindanao, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Philippine police say 43 of their commandos have been killed in a fierce battle in the country's south with Muslim guerrillas while hunting one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects.

National police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina says one commando remains missing while 11 others were wounded in the daylong clashes Sunday in a far-flung village of Mamasapano town in Maguindanao province. It was the biggest single-day combat loss for the Philippine government in recent memory.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas called the commandos "fallen heroes" who sacrificed their lives to try to capture Malaysian bombing suspect Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, who may have been killed by the commandos.