1 killed, 8 wounded in Abu landmine attack in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:40

A soldier from the 18th Infantry Battalion was killed while eight of his companions were wounded in a landmine attack perpetrated by Abu Sayyaf militants at the border of Tipo-Tipo and Al-Barka towns, Basilan Tuesday morning.

All of the government casualties were aboard a KM-450 military truck, on their way to the market when the blast took place at 8:05 a.m.

Lt. Col. John Paolo Perez, 18th Infantry Battalion commander, said the incident took place at the vicinity of Barangays Magkawa, Albarka and Tipo-Tipo Proper, Tipo-Tipo.

Initially, nine troopers were reported wounded, three of them seriously.

He added that the landmine seems to command detonated as it exploded while the KM-450 was passing by, showering its occupants with shrapnel.

However, one of the seriously hurt trooper expired before reaching the nearest medical facility, Perez said.

Pursuit operations are now ongoing as of this posting.

Around seven to 10 Abu Sayyaf gunmen were believed to have laid the explosive.

Responding government troopers engaged the militants in a brief firefight, scattering the ASGs and leading to the recovery of some of the group’s equipment.

Perez did not specify the exact equipment recovered but said that some of the shrapnel they have recovered seems similar to the ones they recovered in Barangay Tuburan, Mohammad Ajul town, Basilan last May 17.

“The IEDs (improvised explosive devices) we recovered there appears to be made by a Malaysian member of the Jemaah Islamiyah,” he said.

Around 76 IEDs were recovered in that operation.

The 18th Infantry Battalion commander also said that the militants passed some two kilometers from a Moro Islamic Liberation Front area but stressed that they did not enter the place.