3 Abu Sayyafs killed in Basilan clash-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Three suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed while four soldiers were wounded in a firefight in the hinterlands of Basilan province, a military official said Tuesday.
Captain Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said the encounter happened around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in Sitio Baag, Guiong village in Sumisip town.
Caber withheld the identities of the four wounded soldiers who are members of the Army’s 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion.
Caber said the slain bandits were reportedly followers of Abu Sayyaf leader Juhayver Alamsirul, alias Abu Kik, whose group is based in the hinterlands of Sumisip town.
He said the two-hour firefight ensued when the troops chanced upon about 100 Abu Sayyaf bandits while conducting security operation at Sitio Baag, Guiong village.
He said the Abu Sayyaf bandits fled to different directions after the military pounded them with artillery fires and MG-520 rocket-firing helicopters.
The military said the group of Alamsirul is involved in atrocities in Basilan province, especially in the town of Sumisip.
Major General Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, 1st Infantry Division commander, has ordered the troops to continue the offensive against the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan.
Cruz also encouraged the assistance from the provincial officials of Basilan to support the military and the police in its campaign against all forms of lawless groups. (Sunnex)