Fight vs Abus shifts to Sulu: 1 Abu dead PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:39

After the deadly day-long clash in Basilan on April 11 where 2 soldiers and 18 Abu Sayyaf militants were reportedly killed, heavy firefight broke out Saturday in Jolo, Sulu, another Abu Sayyaf stronghold, killing one militant, A military spokesman said.

Capt Ryan C. Lacuesta, Civil Military Operations Officer of the 2nd Marine Brigade stationed in Jolo island, the gunbattle erupted between Marines and Abu Sayyaf gunmen under the combined group of sub leaders Basaron Aruk and Ninok Sappari i the village of Danag, Patikul township, Sulu.

Lacuesta said the firefight lasted for about 30 minutes which resulted to several other Abu Sayyaf wounded “based on the traces of blood indicated on the route of withdrawal”

He said during a pursuit operation the body of one Abu Sayyaf member identified as Padjar J Jalla was found by pursuing troops in the vicinity of the encounter site. The body was turned over to the village officials in Danag.

Lacuesta said the Marines were conducting “law enforcement” operation at the vicinity of Tambang Hill, in the village of Danag, Patikul, Sulu when they encountered the Abu Sayyaf militants.

In Basilan, The Humanitarian Emergency and Action Response Team (HEART) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao sent yesterday, Arpil 15,  a 10-man team for a relief mission in Tipo-tipo, Basilan following skirmishes between government forces and Abu Sayyaf militants that triggered massive evacuation of civilian villagers.

“We’re sending off 400 food packs in aid for 264 families as validated by our volunteers from the area,” Ramil Masukat, head, regional disaster risk reduction management office, said.

After the April 11 encounter, civilians from villages of Silangkong and Baguindan fled for safety, taking refuge with relatives in neighboring villages.

The 2-day relief mission is to provide immediate assistance over a number of house-based evacuees affected.

The team, consisting of personnel from the social welfare, health, local governance, education, science department  and the ARMM-HEART operation center is anticipated to hand out food aid today.

Food packs consisting of basic commodities such as 5 kilos of rice, canned goods, and other food stuff is expected to supplement family provisions while volatile situation is still closely monitored in the area.

“We are to ensure food and health situation of the evacuees will be given preferential attention, with the mandate of the ARMM-HEART, we see to it that we are always prepared to respond to situations such as this,” Masukat said.