2 bandits killed, 2 soldiers hurt in Basilan clash PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 11:13

Two Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed while two soldiers were wounded in a clash in the hinterlands of the nearby province of Basilan, a military official said Sunday.

Special Operations Task Force-Basilan (SOTF-B) commander Col. Alex Macario said the clash took place at around 6:20 a.m. Sunday in Barangay Etub-Etub, Sumisip municipality.

Macario said the rest of the Abu Sayyaf bandits, numbering to around 30, fled to different directions when the troops from the 12th and 14th Scout Ranger Companies of the Army’s 4th Scout Ranger Battalion outfought them.

The identities of the two slain bandits were not immediately known, Macario said.
The soldiers who were wounded were only identified as a certain Sgt. Rodriguez and a certain Cpl. Romero.

Macario said the troops recovered two M-16 Armalite rifles, 15 motorcycles and four generator sets from the bandits’ lair.

The troops are continuously tracking down the Abu Sayyaf bandits who are still holding captive Filipino-Chinese businessman Largio Tam Delos Santos.

Delos Santos was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf bandits last December 16 from his resort in Barangay Lanote, Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province.

The Delos Santos family owns and manages Farmland Resort in Barangay Lanote as well as a restaurant in downtown Isabela City.