ASG attacks Maluso Print
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 11:13

By DAN TORIBIO

Nine civilians were reportedly killed while more than a dozen were injured in a massacre perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in barangay Tubigan, Maluso, Basilan yesterday morning.

Daily Zamboanga Times gathered that the incident took place on the day of the “fiesta” celebration of the said barangay at around 4:00 in the morning

The victims told newsmen that ASG men who were armed with high powered firearms, arrived in their community and sprayed with bullets all the houses in the area.

Several houses including their health center were also set on fire.

Some of the victims were also beheaded, some wounded victims said.

Some of the victims who were brought to the hospital were identified as Avel Laping, Nonoy Esparsal, Roderick Villarin, Julhari Arakani, Grace Fernandez, Reck Gopio, Midzfar Arakani, Ariel Laping, Estrella Laping, Jordan Garcia, Joel Dela Cruz, Arnold Avenido, Jimmy Alajid.

One of the fatalities was identified as Hayikin Andok y Andok, 33, of Ungkaya Pukan Municiplity while others remain unknown as of press time.

The report said that military troops responded in the area that resulted to a skirmish with the ASG. (Dan Toribio)