Troops uncover clandestine Abu Sayyaf camp in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 February 2015 13:25

Pursuing government troops on Thursday uncovered an abandoned clandestine Abu Sayyaf camp in the jungle of Patikul, Sulu after the terror group was forced to flee following Wednesday’s heavy fighting that left 14 militants killed and 18 wounded, including a ranking terrorist leader.

A military report identified six of the 14 slain Abu Sayyaf terrorists as Berhamin Jawhari, Musar Sawadjaan, Jani Madjid, Adezmar Muhammad, Ompoy Uran, and Mussal Jawhari.

The wounded Abu Sayyaf leader was identified as Nurhasan Jamri, who operates under Isnilon Hapilon, the overall Abu Sayyaf commander in Sulu and Basilan.

On the side of the government, two Army soldiers were killed and 16 others wounded during the hour-long running gun battle. They were immediately airlifted to the hospital by two UH-1H “Huey” helicopters of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) escorted by two MG helicopter gunships.

The wounded troopers were later flown to Zamboanga City for further treatment.

Government forces shelled Abu Sayyaf positions with 105mm howitzers to support the outnumbered Army troopers that engaged the 300 militants who secretly landed in Sulu from Basilan Island.

At the height of the fighting, a team of Philippine Marines reinforced the Army troopers in Barangay Tugas, Patikul while a reinforcing Army Scout Rangers clashed with some 40 Abu Sayyaf fighters in Barangay Sanda also in Patikul, a known terrorists’ lair.

No immediate casualty was reported from both sides.

The report said that as the Abu Sayyaf fled in haste, government forces pursued them without let-up that led to the discovery of the secret terrorist camp complete with 50 makeshift bunkers that can accommodate more than 200 warm bodies.

The camp has a 50-meter radius with running trenches, complete with water facility and comfort room. Troops have secured the area.

Wednesday’s fighting was the biggest victory by government forces stationed in Sulu against the Abu Sayyaf this year.

Abu Sayyaf guerrillas from Basilan slipped into Patikul, Sulu on Wednesday but they were intercepted by Army troopers triggering a running gun battle preventing the spread of terrorism by the terror group on the island of Sulu.