3 soldiers wounded in fresh Sulu clash PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 February 2015 14:39

Three soldiers were wounded in a 30-minute firefight Friday with Abu Sayyaf militants in Patikul town, Sulu

Military reports said it was around 1:30 p.m. when a convoy of the 35th Infantry Battalion bound for Jolo town, was ambushed by an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf gunmen.

A military ground commander said the soldiers came from the Tubig Patong detachment in Barangay Danag, Patikul, and were approaching Sitio Panding in Bungkaong when the ambush happened.

He said that aside from the three wounded soldiers, two others were injured when they fell from their vehicle.

The attackers withdrew after a 30-minute gunfight, he added.

In Basilan, three people were injured in an ambush around 9:45 a.m. Friday in Limbocandis, Sumisip.

Ensign Chester Ian Ramos, Joint Task Force Zambasulta information officer, said the victims were all civilians but their identities were not immediately available.

Ramos said the three civilians were hit by stray bullets when suspected Abu Sayyaf guerrillas ambushed a group of militiamen conducting security patrol near a government project site in Limbocandis.

He said the Abu Sayyaf gunmen fled after a brief firefight.

He said the troops recovered an improvised bomb after the clash.

The ambush happened after a bomb exploded also in Limbocandis killing one and wounding four others.

The explosion took place around 8:30 a.m. Friday while the ambush occurred about an hour later.

Senior Insp. Alchmad Alibonga, Sumisip police chief, identified the bomb explosion fatality as Mannah Jallama, 25. Wounded was Sopia Abduhu, 16.

Alibonga said the victims were pasturing their cow when Jallama stepped on an improvised bomb fashioned out as a landmine.

Alibonga said Jallama died on the spot while Abduhu was rushed to a hospital for treatment.

He said they were trying to identify the type of bomb that was used as well as the perpetrators.