Nine killed as Abus attack Bohol PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:40

By LIZA JOCSON

At least nine persons were killed after government troops clashed with lawless elements, believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf, in Bohol province yesterday morning.

The fatalities include four soldiers, a policeman and five members of the lawless group.

According to police reports, army and police elements clashed with a group of lawless elements while conducting combat operations in Inabanga, Bohol.

The troops were acting on monitored presence of ten armed men aboard three pumpboats along the riverside at Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Napo, Inabanga, Bohol.

As of presstime yesterday, five bodies of the lawless group, believed to be Abu Sayyaf members, were recovered at the scene of the fighting.

One policeman was also reportedly killed in the gun battle.

AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año said in a statement that the armed group is well armed with heavy-caliber weapons but has been cornered in an isolated section of the island.

Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Capt Jo-Ann Petinglay meanwhile confirmed that the suspects belong to the Abu Sayyaf group.

The encounter followed warnings issued by the US Embassy two days ago about kidnapping threats in the Visayas.

This is the first attack reported in Bohol by the Abu Sayyaf.  (Liza Jocson)