7 killed as troops overran Sayyaf camp

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Saturday, February 12, 2011


ZAMBOANGA -- Seven people, including an Abu Sayyaf leader and two soldiers, were killed Saturday when government troops raided and seized a camp owned by the al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in the hinterlands of Basilan province, the military said.

The military was tipped off that Abu Sayyaf leader Radzmil Janatul and 30 of his men were encamped in the village of Baiwas, Sumisip town, thus the operation.

Regional military spokesman Colonel Randolph Cabangbang said the attack took place around 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the village of Baiwas, Sumisip town.

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He said the firefight between the government troops and al-Qaeda-linked bandits lasted for three hours.

Cabangbang identified the slain mid-level bandit leader as Juhaiber Alamsirul alias Abu Kiks, while the other four remain unidentified.

The identities of the two slain soldiers were also not immediately known.

Wounded in the gunfight were Private First Class (Pfc) Frederick Valencia, Pfc. Archie Tampipi, Pfc. Raymond Sagmayao, and Private Pejie Labargan.

Cabangbang said the slain and wounded soldiers were separately airlifted to Zamboanga City early Saturday morning.

A cache of ammunition, handheld radio transceiver, Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card, hammock and other personal belongings owned by the rebels were found at the fallen Abu Sayyaf camp. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)

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