2 Abus killed in Good Friday clash in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:49

Two Abu Sayyaf militants, one an explosive expert, were killed while six others were wounded in a three-hour clash with government forces in the hinterlands of Basilan on Good Friday.

Five soldiers and two militiamen werre wounded in the clash.  They were taken to Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City and are now in stable condition.

Maj. Filemon Tan, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer, said the clash broke out at 7:55 a.m. at Sitio Luglugi, Barangay Macalang, Al-Barka, Basilan.

Tan said the slain Abu Sayyaf explosive expert was identified as Eric Ajibon, a sub-leader, and the other one was only known as a certain Abu Ayan. Their remains were taken in custody by the police for proper disposition.

Tan said Ajibon was responsible for the series of bombings against government forces and business establishments in Basilan.

According to Tan, the clash erupted after residents reported to the Army’s 4th Special Forces Battalion the presence of around 40 Abu Sayyaf gunmen led by Isnilon Hapilon at Sitio Luglugi, Barangay Macalang, Al-Barka.

Tan said they received intelligence report that six followers of Hapilon were wounded during the clash and were dragged by their fleeing comrades.

He said the troops recovered war materiel and personal belongings at the clash site.