Abus ambush, kill 2 soldiers in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:57

Two Army soldiers were killed in an ambush staged by suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Sumisip, Basilan Saturday morning, the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said Monday.

Wesmincom spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan declined to identify the slain soldiers, but said they were a private and private first class from the 64th Infantry Battalion.

Tan said the soldiers were on a logistics run and were on their way back to their base on board a motorcycle when gunmen opened fire on them in Barangay Tumahubong.

The gunmen then fled towards Barangay Sapah Bulak on a motorcycle, while responding soldiers retrieved the remains of their comrades.

The Abu Sayyaf is divided into two factions — one based in Sulu, where they are holding a number of foreign and Filipino hostages – including a Canadian, Norwegian and a Filipina abducted from a resort in Davao del Norte last September.

The second group headedby Isnilon Hapilon is holed up in Basilan jungles.

Government forces stepped up operations against the Abu Sayyaf in November last year after the ISIS-linked grouped beheaded a Malaysian kidnap victim who had been abducted from Sabah six months earlier. — With report from GMA News