More military, police forces deployed to secure Sulu town PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2014 14:36

The government has deployed additional military and police forces in Talipao, Sulu to stabilize the peace and order situation in the area.

This is in wake of the Abu Sayyaf Group Monday attack which killed 23 civilians and wounded at least eight others.

Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero said this is part of government efforts to prevent another possible outbreak of violence in the wake of reports that relatives of the victims may carry out attack against the perpetrators of the massacre.

“That’s part of the effort, the Brigade Commander and the Provincial Pirector have talked with the PPOC (Provincial Peace and Order Council) (and) the Governor, so that the expected relatialiation of the victims’ relatives will not happen or will be prevented. This is a priority effort of the local government as well as the police and military,” Guerrero concluded.

The victims of the Monday ambush in Talipao were aboard two Tamarraw jeepneys on their way to visit relatives in connection with the celebration of Hariraya Puasa when they were fired upon by suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen who were positioned on roadsides.