3 Abus, 2 militiamen killed in fresh fighting in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2014 13:34

Three Abu Sayyaf gunmen and 2 militiamen were killed, while eight others were wounded in fresh fighting Thursday in Basilan island, one of the 5 provinces under the autonomous Muslim, a military official said yesterday..

Capt. Franco Suelto, Public Affairs Officer of the Philippine Army’s  st Infanrty Tabak Division, one of the

Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed in the clash was a sub-leader named Sulaiman Ajanti.

Suelto said the encounter took place about 1p.m.at Sungkayot village in the township  of Ungkaya Pukan, some 50 kilometers from Isabela City, the province’s capital.

Suelto said troops from the army’s 18th Battalion and militia vounteers were tracking down the location of an Abu Sayyaf jungle lair when they were fired upon.

“It triggered an exchange of fire,” he said, adding that three Abu Sayyaf militants were found dead after the firefight, while two militiamen were also killed.

Seized from the slain militants were three assault rifles and a grenade launcher.

Suelto said army troops continued the pursuit operation against the rest of the militants who withdrew after a 30-minute gunbattle.

He said Ajanti and his men were behind the series of ambuscades carried out against government forces and and kidnappings of civilians in the province

The Abu Sayyaf is fighting for a puritan Islamic state and notorious for beheading of captives, has been harboring kidnap victims snatched from outside of the province, such as Sabah state in Malaysia and coastal towns of the Zamboanga Peninsula.