Troops recover Abu arms cache, boat PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 May 2016 14:59

Security forces pursuing the Abu Sayyaf group responsible for the beheading of Canadian John Ridsel have recovered an arms cache and a speedboat belonging to the militant group during operations at two isles off Tawi-Tawi province Friday early morning.

In a statement, the military’s Western Mindanao Command spokesman Major Filemon Tan said troops from the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi carried out the operations around 5:50 a.m.

Seized were four M-16AI automatic rifles, one M-79 grenade launcher, a US carbine, one .38 caliber revolver, one .357 Magnum revolver, an M-16AI with an M-203 grenade launcher, a caliber 60 machine gun, and a .50 caliber Browning machine gun.

The speedboat locally called “jungkong” is believed to be one of the Abu Sayyaf’s seacraft used in cross border kidnappings.

“This operation was conducted as part of the focused military operations to prevent lawless activities in the area,” Tan said.