A SOLDIER was killed while two others were wounded in an ambush by the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province, the police said Monday, December
The ambush took place around 6:20 a.m. in the village of Badja, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan province, according to the police.
They said the troops were checking the reported presence of an improvised explosive device (IED) when the Abu Sayyaf bandits ambushed them.
The troops, despite in the disadvantage position, returned fire prompting the Abu Sayyaf bandits to flee towards the village of Kamamburingan, Ungkaya Pukan.
The police did not release the identities of the slain and wounded soldiers except to say they belong to the Army’s 74th Infantry Battalion.
A pursuit operation has been jointly launched by soldiers, policemen and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) against the Abu Sayyaf bandits involved in the ambush.
The ambush occurred hours after an IED exploded near the port of Lamitan City, Basilan.
The police said no one was either killed or wounded in the explosion that happened around 11:30 p.m. Monday in the village of Kulay Bato, Lamitan City.
There was also no property damaged during the incident, believed to have been perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf bandits, the police added. (SunStar Philippines)