Six ASG men in Basilan rubber workers ambush identified-A A +A
Saturday, September 8, 2012
MANILA -- The Philippine Army's 1st Infantry Division has identified six of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits who participated in Friday's bloody ambush which killed one rubber tapper and wounded around 36 of his companions in Tumahubong, Sumisip, Basilan.
Captain Albert Caber, the unit's spokesperson, identified the ASG men as Wims M. Wakil, Umair Wakil, Abul Wakil, Madie Umangkat Sahirin, Kursie Umangkat Sahirin and Cabot Mastul.
He added that the six along with their still unidentified companions are now being hunted down by elements of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion and the 64th Infantry Battalion.
The victims, all workers of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Cooperative, were on their way home on board two "Saddam" trucks at 12:45 p.m. when they were fired at by the armed men in Sapah Bulak village in Sumisip Friday.
The attack was reportedly triggered by the cooperative's refusal to give in to the ASG extortion demand.
Of the 36 injured, six are now in critical condition.
Aerial and artillery assets are now being deployed to help in the tracking operations. (PNA)