10 Abus die in airstrike PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 July 2016 11:34

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

A military source said on Friday that 10 Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed and several others wounded Thursday in an airstrike launched at one of the three towns occupied by the ISIS- linked group.

The source, who asked not to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to reporters, told Daily Zamboanga Times that MG20 attack helicopters pounded Bohe Buug settlement in the harassed village of Baguindian, Tipo Tipo, Basilan island  with rockets hitting Abu Sayyaf dugouts and killing 10 fighters, including a 50 caliber machine gunner.

The airstrike comes as military offensive continued Friday focusing on the three Abu Sayyaf groups of Furuji Indama, Isnilon Hapilon and and one sub leader named Ubaib.

The source said the air strike was carried out by the 15th Strike Wing targeting Ubaib and his 37 fully armed followers.

He identified some of the slain militants as Abu Amil, Abu Gabuh, Abu Amer, Commander Sibin and an unidentified .50 caliber machinegunner.

Five others remained unidentified while six more were reportedly wounded.

He said the groups of Isnilon Hapilon and FurujiI ndama were not with the group of Ubaib when the air strike occurred.

Ubaib’s group later merged with the groups of Hapilon and Indama with a combined number of about 300 in another jungle part of Basilan island, the source said.

He added that eight expended HE rockets and 250 rounds caliber 50 machine were later recovered at Bohe Buug together with the bodies of the slain Abu Sayyaf militants.

He said the 50 caliber machine gun of the Abu Sayyaf was destroyed beyond repair in the airstrike.

The officer claimed the groups of Indama and Hapilon were aided by sympathetic relatives from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and some  civilians eager to join the fight against government forces.

Tipo-Tipo is site of one the MILF major camps. -Dan Toribio