Abus attack outpost in Sulu: 2 marines killed, 1 wounded PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 14:46

Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked a military outpost early Monday morning killing two marines and wounding one in Sulu.

Major Filemon Tan, military spokesman based in Zamboanga City, said in a statement the attack took place at 2 a.m. in the village of Mapallam, Talipao town, a stronghold of the al-qaeda linked group.

Tan said the “unprovoked” attack killed two marines manning the outpost and wounded a third.

He said other soldiers in the outpost returned fire which could have inflicted casualties on the attackers who withdrew after a short gunbattle.

The spokesperson said the identities of the slain and wounded soldiers were withheld pending notification of their next-of-kin.

Troops from the military’s Western Mindanao Command (WMC) were dispatched to run after the attackers.

The militant group also killed a marine when it attacked another outpost on Christmas Eve, while an army trooper was shot dead in an ambush on Christmas Day in Sulu.

The attacks come as the US Embassy issued a fresh advisory warning American citizens against traveling to areas in Mindanao citing threats by the Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

“The United States embassy would like to alert US citizens residing in, or traveling to, the Philippines to recent statements by Philippine security officials regarding an increase in the Terrorist Threat Level to Level III (High) in seven cities and nine provinces across the country due to persistent reports of kidnapping for ransom plots and potential bombings by the Abu Sayyaf and BIFF members,” the embassy said in a statement on Saturday.

BIFF, a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, one time largest Muslim rebel group in southern Philippines, warned of more attacks following the three-day military operations against local jihadist factions.

“The embassy wishes to remind all US citizens to review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

The US embassy also pointed out that Philippine security officials indicated that cities under the increased terrorism alert are Zamboanga, Marawi, Isabela (Basilan, Kidapawan (North Cotabato, Dipolog, Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte and Cotabato (Central Mindanao).