7 Marines killed, 21 hurt in Sulu clash PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 July 2011 17:11

Seven Marines were killed and 21 others were wounded in a fierce clash with Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in Sulu yesterday
The fresh firefight took place in Patikul, Jolo Island, according to Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said.

Cabangbang said the soldiers were on a combat operation when they encountered a group of about 70 Abu Sayyaf gunmen allegedly under senior commanders Radulan Sahiron and Isnilon Hapilon.

Cabangbang said the military’s island commander has requested additional troops be dispatched to the area and for a helicopter to evacuate the wounded soldiers.
The Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for some of the worst terrorist attacks in the Philippines, as well as high-profile kidnappings involving foreign hostages. He said the clash, which erupted 4:30 a.m. in Barangay (village) Panglayahan, involved soldiers from the Marine Battalion Landing Team 11 and Abu Sayyaf gunmen.

A military source said that marine forces in Sulu have been conducting search and rescue operations for several days now intended for kidnap victims, including a Malaysian trader and a visiting Indian national.

An unconfirmed report said that among the fatalities was a Lieutenant.
Cabangbang said four helicopters, two MG520s and two Hueys, and a Navy boat had been sent to Sulu to help extricate the 21 wounded soldiers.
“The bad weather in the area is hampering evacuation operations,” he said.