2 Abus killed, 4 soldiers hurt in fresh Sulu clash PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 February 2015 14:32

Two Abu Sayyaf militants were killed and four soldiers were wounded in a 30-minute gunbattle Thursday morning in Sulu, a military official said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said the firefight erupted around 9:10 a.m. in the village of Tagbili, Patikul town while soldiers of the army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion were on “law enforcement” patrol.

Cabunoc said the army patrollers were fired upon by some 20 Abu Sayyaf gunmen triggering a firefight.

According to Cabunog, the Abu Sayyaf suffered two deaths and undetermined number of wounded.

The four wounded soldiers were treated  in a medical facility at the Camp General Teodolfo Bautista in Sulu. The camp was named after Gen. Bautista, who together with his 42 officers and soldiers were massacred by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Patikul in 1977.

Cabunog said Thursday’s operation resulted in the recovery of seven high-powered firearms and the capture of an Abu Sayyaf camp in Tagbili.

He said the Abu Sayyag gunmen who figured in the encounter were under Hatib Sawajaan, a sub-leader of wanted Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron.

Cabunog said the death of the two Abu Sayyaf militants, one of whom identified as Marasil, was confirmed by “reliable informants”.