Navy guards Sulu seas to prevent Abu reinforcement PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 11:58

Philippine Navy (PN) boats are currently blocking strategic areas of Sulu to prevent Abu Sayyaf sympathizers from resupplying and reinforcing their beleaguered comrades in Jolo island, AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a press briefing in Manila on Monday.

“While not sufficient large to support (all its commitment) it has sufficient assets to (carry out) the operation,” he added.

PN units are also tasked to prevent ASG terrorists from escaping from their Sulu enclaves which are now under heavy military pressure.

During Monday’s briefing, Arevalo said total ASG bandits in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi are placed at 481 fighters.

However, they do not have exact figures on the bandit group’s sympathizers, supporters or operatives recruited through dubious means.

Total number of ASG bandits killed in the ongoing focused military operations in Sulu are placed at 25 along with undetermined number of wounded.

While military losses were placed at 15 killed and 12 wounded.

Operations against the bandits started last Aug. 26 after the terrorists brutally beheaded 18-year-old Patrick Jhames Almodavar last Aug. 25.