3 Marines, 2 Abus killed in Sulu clash PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:35

Three Marines and two Abu Sayyaf (ASG) guerrillas were killed in a clash in Barangay Bakong, Patikul, Sulu yesterday morning prompting the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) to launch an air, sea and ground assaults against the armed group.

The firefight also left 10 other soldiers wounded, said newly designated Westmincom chief Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo.

Ardo said that soldiers of 6th Marine Battalion Landing Team were conducting search operations for kidnapping victims in the village of Bakong when they were fired upon by ASG men headed by “Tahil Sali” and “Radullah Sahiron” at around 6:30 a.m.

Although outnumbered, the platoon, fought back while the number of the Abu Sayyaf guerrillas reportedly mounted while the shooting raged on.

Two MG-520 attack helicopters were deployed at mid-morning to assist ground troops and naval forces in the shores of Patikul, a known lair of the ASG.

The helicopter gunships took turns in pounding ASG positions in the thickly forested portion of Patikul.

Ardo said the Westmincom withheld the identities of the fallen Marines until their next of kin are informed. — Dan Toribio Jr.