3 Army soldiers dead in roadside bomb attack PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2015 14:24

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Thursday said that 36 guerrillas of the militant Abu Sayyaf have been killed as the offensive against the al-qaeda linked group in Sulu enters a two-week period.

Gen. Joselito Kakilala, newly appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman, told reporters in Manila on Thursday that 78 other militants were reported wounded while 18 firearms have been seized by troops.

The militarty has suffered seven deaths and 44 wounded.

A roadside bomb attack on Wednesday killed three soldiers and wounded six others, Rear Admiral Reynaldo Yoma,  commander of Joint Task Group Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, told reporters in Zamboanga City on Thursday

Yoma said the bomb attack at Sitio Datag, Barangay Pansul, Patikul town was carried out on a military supply column that was heading for the headquarters of the army’s 32th Infantry Battalion

Kakilala said two army officers were among those killed in the explosion, which he describbed as “chance and a target of opportunity” attack.

“If their attack was really that overwhelming, then they should have managed to capture the weapons of our fallen troopers,” Kakilala said.

He added that the military offensive will continue until the Abu Sayyaf will no longer be capable to stage terror attacks

Four other soldiers were killed earlier in the first week of the offensive.

The six soldiers wounded in the roadside attack were evacuated to Zamboanga City on Thursday. Most of them sustained shrapnel shrapnel injuries. Of the six, three were brought to a private hospital. The rest were brought to Camp Navarro General Hospital at the military’s Western Mindanao Command.

Philippine Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. flew to Sulu on Wednesday to boost the morale of the soldiers involved in the offensive against the Abu Sayyaf.

The military has also obtained photos and names of three Jemaah Islamiyah members believed to be with the Abu Sayyaf.