Army soldiers clash with bandits anew in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:26

Soldiers of the Philippine Army (PA)’s 104th Infantry Brigade on Sunday morning clashed anew with suspected bandits along a heavily-forested section of Sumisip, Basilan.

Major Harold Cabunoc, PA spokesperson, said the encounter transpired around 10:50 a.m.

Cabunoc said that troopers from the 104th Infantry Brigade alongside with the 20th Special Forces Company were securing the vicinity of Sitio Along-along, Upper Cabengbeng, upon the request of Tumahubong parish priest Rev. Fr. Julius Boado, who was supposed to travel to Isabela City during that day, when fired upon by heavily-armed bandits who were positioned in a high ground overlooking the road.

Cabunoc said the soldiers managed to engage the gunmen in a 10-minute running gunbattle, forcing the bandits to flee in disarray with their casualties as indicated by the bloodstains along the escape route.

No one was harmed among the soldiers who have mounted relentless pursuit operations to hunt down the remnants of the bandit group.

The same group of bandits was believed responsible for the bloody ambush in Basilan, which claimed the lives of six people, and the wounding of 22 others, a couple of days ago.

A civilian resident in the area named Totong Alih, was slightly injured in his left thigh. He was promptly given first-aid treatment by the combat medics of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion who rushed to the scene to reinforce the engaged soldiers.

Col. Arthur Ang, the Commander of the Army’s 104th Brigade, has advised the priest to postpone his scheduled travel as more soldiers are sent to track down the bandits.