Abus attack army outpost in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:23

Abu Sayyaf bandits harassed a military outpost in Barangay Upper Cabengbeng, Sumisip, Basilan last Monday morning.

A military report disclosed that more or less five Abu Sayyaf bandits armed with high powered firearms opened fire on the Candiis detachment of the Army’s 64th Infantry Battalion and Special Forces Team under the First Infantry (Tabak) Division around 9:20 a.m.

It was believed that the gunmen were led by Commander Botong Aleman who engaged in exchange of gunfire with the soldiers who defended the outpost.
Several minutes later, the ASG men withdrew towards the hinterland of Sumisip after the Army’s Charlie company of the 64th IB shelled them with accurate mortar fires.

No casualty was reported on the military side, while the bandits may have suffered some wounded or deaths.

The said detachment is a former Abu Sayyaf lair that was harassed by the same group for about five times now in the past three months. It was learned that the Abu Sayyaf wanted to regain possession of the detachment to serve as their observation post and to provide them with good tactical advantage in
the area against government troops.

The Candiis army detachment was established to protect the villagers from harm, violence and criminalities perpetrated by the ASG guerrillas. – Dan Toribio Jr.