10 killed in Sulu clash PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 July 2016 11:59

Nine Abu Sayyaf militants and a soldier were killed while 19 others were wounded in a fierce firefight in Sulu Thursday.

Philippine Star quoted the military as saying that 13 of those wounded were militants and six were soldiers in an encounter with some 130 militants led by senior leader Radulan Sahiron in Barangay Kabuntakas, Patikul town.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said the troops from the 45th Infantry Battalion (IB)  initially encountered the Abu Sayyaf group at about 3 p.m.

The fighting lasted several hours until militants retreated.

However, troops from the 32nd IB closed in and clashed the fleeing Abu Sayyaf group of Sahiron sending fierce encounters.

The military also launched heavy artillery strike against the positions of the Abu Sayyaf.

Meanwhile, a series of encounters also erupted in Basilan when combined forces of 200 Abu Sayyaf members attacked the military camps in Ungkaya Pukan town and Barangay Magcawa, Al-Barka town.

Tan said the troops encountered the Abu Sayyaf led by Furuji Indama and Isnilon Hapilon, the alleged appointed amir of the Islamic State late Wednesday night until Thursday.

The Abu Sayyaf group attacked the camps of 18th IB in Ungkaya Pukan and in Barangay Magcawa, Al-Barka at about 7 a.m. on Thursday.

The militants reportedly attempted to raise its black flag in Tipo-Tipo but were repelled by troops.