Soldier, 3 Abus killed in twin clashes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 July 2018 12:07

By ELY DUMABOC

A soldier and three Abu Sayyaf members were killed in two clashes between government troops and Abu Sayyaf members in Sulu province.

Last Wednesday, a soldier was killed while ten (10) others were wounded during a two-hour firefight  at Sitio Kan Apo Aluk, Barangay Panglayahan.

A Western Mindanao Command report said that the bandits are followers of ASG sub-leader Hajan Sawadjaan.

Casualties on the side of the ASG have not been determined but Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, Joint Task Force Sulu Commander, believes that a number of bandits were wounded and some have succumbed to loss of blood.

The following day, three Abu Sayyaf members, including one of their skilled navigators, were killed in a brief firefight with troopers from the 2nd Special Forces Battalion in Barangay Kuppong, Indanan, Sulu.

The military recovered the body of Pakan Sakam Sappari aka Last Pangit, a skilled sea navigator identified with ASG sub-leader Alden Bagade.

Sappari was also reportedly involved in several kidnapping incidents.

There was no casualty on the government side.

“We recognize the commitment of our troops to thwart lawlessness, to the point of sacrificing even their lives.  This incident gives us more resolve to further intensify our operations against the bandits,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, Western Mindanao Commander.  (Ely Dumaboc)