Boy, 7, wounded in Sulu Abu attack PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2015 11:14

By Dan Toribio jr.

A seven-year-old boy was wounded when Abu Sayyaf gunmen harassed a road construction project in Barangay Sandah, Patikul, Sulu Wednesday afternoon.

Jasper Suhudan, a kindergarten pupil, sustained a bullet wound in the body.

A military report said the incident happened around 2:20 p.m. when Abu Sayyaf gunmen led by Aljini Mundoc alias Ninok Sapari with some  20 followers opened fire on construction workers in working on the road project.

Security forces of the construction firm returned fire triggering a brief of exchange of gunfire.

The skirmish lasted for 15 minutes after which the attackers withdrew towards the forest.

The seven-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Authorities said the Abu Sayyaf militants  were extorting money from the construction company but were ignored.

The project involved a road that would connect  the barangyas of Sandah, Liang, Tanum and Tugas, all under Patikul municipality.

Security personnel of the construction firm are residents of Barangay Sandah led by Julpadal Pandih,  who reportedly has a long standing feud with the Abu Sayyaf operating in the area. – Dan Toribio Jr.