Abus ambush 2 coop trucks: 6 dead, 8 hurt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 October 2011 17:34

Six rubber plantation workers were killed and eight others wounded when the two trucks they were riding were ambushed by Abu Sayyaf gunmen at Sitio Candis,  Barangay Upper Benembengan, Sumisip, Basilan around 5:30 a.m. yesterday.

The victims were all rubber toppers of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Benefciaries Incorporated Development  Cooperative (TARBIDC).

TARBDC general manager Taha Katok said the victims were aboard two trucks on their way to the rubber plantation when gunmen believed led by Abu Sayyaf leader Puruji Indama opened fire on them.

Katok said the group of Indama is responsible for the carnage because the TARBDC management had been receiving extortion letters from Indama asking P.5 million.

Katok said Indama had threatened that something will happen to the laborers if they will not give in to the demand.

Before the ambush, some improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered and disabled in the plantation.

Reacting to this latest bloody incident, Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad called on the provincial and national government to address the renewed conflict and violence in the province.

The ambush happened a few days after 19 Army soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded in a fierce gunbattle with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in Al Barka, Basilan Tuesday last week.

Six other government troopers were also killed in two ambuscades in Zamboanga Sibugay on Thursday last week.— Richard Falcatan