Abu dead as soldiers foil ambush PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:53

Troops of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division’s 64th Infantry Battalion and supporting militiamen shot and killed one of the 10 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits who attempted to ambush them at Sitio Manican, Barangay Sapah Bulak, Sumisip, Basilan Saturday afternoon.

Capt. Jefferson Somera, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, said the incident took place around 4:30 p.m. He identified the slain ASG man as Omar Akbar Suwaire.

Also recovered was a M-16 automatic rifle with a M-203 grenade launcher.

According to 64th Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Leonardo C. Dacumos, his men were escorting the delivery truck of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative which came from Isabela City, Basilan when fired upon by 10 ASGs while passing the locality.

Dacumos said he immediately deployed his men in an anti-ambush formation and traded fire with the brigands for at least 10 minutes, killing Suwaire in the process.

He added the remaining ASG men fled but return an hour later in an attempt to recover the body of their slain companion.

However, this proved futile as government troopers were already swarming in the area.

The ASG men finally left 30 minutes later without inflicting any casualty to government forces in the area.

Somera said Suwaire’s body was turned over to Sumisip Mayor Gulam Hataman.