No. of Abus killed, hurt in Sulu rise PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 May 2013 11:17

The number of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) guerrillas killed in Saturday morning’s clash in Patikul, Sulu has climbed to five while the number of wounded in the encounter has risen to 15, the Western Command on Sunday announced.

Col. Rodrigo T. Gregorio, the command’s spokesperson, identified the slain ASG men as: Kausar Sawadjaan (son of ASG sub-commander Jul Asman Sawadjaan); Julmiden Wali (son-in-law of sub-Commander Juhurim Hussin); Apong Idol; Hairula Asbang and Ibno Abdulkahal.

All are members of the Sawadjaan kidnap for ransom group operating in Patikul, Sulu.

Overall, the death toll in the encounter in Barangay Tugas, Patikul, Sulu climbs to 12 killed and 24 wounded.

The government sustained seven fatalities, including one officer and nine wounded in the hour-long firefight.

The encounter transpired 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Marines from Force Recon Class 18 were conducting tracking operations when it encountered the ASG men in the vicinity.

The Marines were conducting search-and-rescue operations for 41-year-old medical technologist Casilda Villarasa who was abducted by the brigands last May 18.

The latter is married to one an active duty Marine sergeant.

“The AFP specially Western Mindanao Command will see to it that those soldiers who were involved in the encounter will be recognize accordingly and the family of those who have paid their ultimate sacrifice will be taken care of, while those who were wounded will be given the best medical assistance available,” Gregorio concluded.