2 Abu camps seized by troops pursuing Germans’ kidnappers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:35

An Abu Sayyaf “satellite camp” was discovered on Monday by army troops pursuing the kidnappers of two German tourists in Sulu province.

In a press statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines information chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said the encampment was discovered by the army’s 35th Infantry Batallion’s Bravo Company around 8 a.m. in the village of Kabuntakas, Patikul town.

“I believe that it is a security outpost that is manned by more or less 10 people. We are continuously tracking them (Abu Sayyaf group) as they flee towards the deep forest of the town,” Col. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task  Group Sulu who personally inspected the seized camp was quoted in the same statement as saying.

Lt. Chester Catapang, leader of the Bravo Company’s reconnaisance group, told higher military officials the camp was situated about a hundred meters away from the larger camp seized by government troops on Sunday afternoon.

The first camp discovered was in the village of Buhanginan in the same town of Patikul. It has 47 bunkers about 100 meters in diameter, while the other hideout can accommodate about 100 people, Cabunoc said.

Troops recovered combat boots, rain boots, bandoleers, magazine pouches and a dilapidated combat packs.

Cabunog said the operations were slowed down by continuous rains in Sulu.

The German tourists – Stefan Victor Okonek and Henrike Diesen – were released Friday reportedly after ransom was paid. But the government insisted that the al-qaeda linked militant islamic group’s claim of receiving ransom for the freedom of the Germans is part of the group’s propaganda.

The military had earlier vowed to continue its “full-scale” operations against the Abu Sayyaf

As the military operations intensify, no clashes yet were reported.

The military on Sunday asked Sulu residents for help soldiers identify  members of the Abu Sayyaf while also warning so-called coddlers of the group.

Cabunoc appealed to residents to cooperate with security forces against the group, which is also holding several other hostages.

The people in Sulu must cooperate with the security forces in identifying the criminals who call themselves the Abu Sayyaf, Cabunog said.