2 Sayyafs killed in Sulu fresh fighting PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 November 2015 13:05

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

Two Abu Sayyaf  gunmen were reported killed in an encounter with 35th Infantry Battalion troopers in Patikul town, Sulu Thursday morning.

Joint Task Group-Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, said the information was forwarded to them by their intelligence operatives.

The Abu Sayyaf guerrillas were killed during a 7:30 a.m. encounter in Barangay Latih, Patikul town, Sulu.

Government troopers were conducting security patrols when they encountered an Abu Sayyaf group headed by one Alkam Udjaman triggering a 30-minute gunbattle.

No soldier was injured or killed in the firefight while an undetermined number of the militants were reported killed and wounded.

An 81mm mortar team provided support for government troopers by firing two rounds at the Abu Sayyaf positions during the engagement.

On Wednesday around 6:45 a.m.,  combined Abu Sayyaf groups under sub leaders Julhajan Aksan alias Halimaw and Mujakal Bagade with some 50 fully armed followers were seen harboring Sitio Minul in barangay Bud Taran, Indanan municipality.

A military source said the group have been staying in the said place three to four days after they arrived from Sitio Kanpakasa, barangay Langpas of the same municipality.

It was learned that the two sub leaders have received P500,000 each while their followers were given P150,000 as their share on the ransom money paid in exchange of the release of Thien Nyuk Fun, a Chinese-Malaysian national who was freed the other day.

Around 9 a.m. of the same day, 30 Aby Sayyaf gunmen led by their sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya were seen along with their hostage Bernard Ghen Ted Fen, a companion of the freed Thien Nyuk Fun, arrived at Bud Lumping, Barangay Masjid Punjungan, Kalingalang Kaluang in Sulu.

Report said the group came from Parang aboard a pumpboat.

The group was received by ASG sub leader Habib Munap Binda Sabirol Sahiyal with 50 armed men.

A certain Hji Mamih Sangkula is the chief negotiator for the family of the kidnap victim and the captors who were demanding P50 million for his release. – Dan Toribio Jr.