Soldiers raid Abu camp in Basilan: 30 bombs seized. 1 soldier, 7 Abus killed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 August 2013 14:10

Army troops on a pre-emptive move against terror attacks raided an Abu Sayyaf camp in Albarka, Basilan and seized some 30 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or homemade bombs at dawn yesterday.

A military report disclosed that the daring raid was carried out by troops of the Army’s 104 Brigade at the camp of

ASG leader Nurhassan Jamiri, Isnilon Hapilon, Kair Mundos and Furuji Indama at Barangay Buhi-libi, Macalang, Albarka, Basilan.

The intent of the operation was to preempt ASG terror plan to attack the municipalities of Tipo-Tipo, Ungkaya Pukan and bombing of Isabela, Lamitan and Zamboanga City. The operation was also intended to recover IED components that are being prepared for bombings immediately after the Hariraya (Eid-ul-Fitr) in the mentioned areas .

Military said Abu Sayyaf guerrillas repeatedly attacked an AFP detachment in Ungkaya Pukan even during the time of Ramadan. This prompted the military to build up its intelligence gathering and in coordination with local MILF commanders, eventually carried out follow up operations on the ASG lair in Albarka.

According to a Western Mindanao Command’s statement, yesterday’s intense encounter with the ASG and other lawless elements lasted until 10 a.m. The operations also resulted in the recovery of mortar rounds for IED, rounds of 40mm grenade launcher and the killing of seven ASG members including some sub-commanders.

A soldier was killed, while three others were wounded. The government casualties were caused by sniper fires and heavily defended position of the ASG in the middle of MILF and MNLF areas. The wounded personnel were airlifted to Camp Navarro General Hospital at the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City.

Meanwhile, The Basilan Human Rights office has been monitoring the military operation in Albarka.

DZT correspondent Richard Falcatan said Muslim faithfuls in Albarka were not able to perform their Eid prayers yesterday for fear of getting caught in the crossfire.

Soldiers closing in on the ASG camp were supported 105mm howitzer shellings.

Reportedly there were shells that hit civilian populated areas of Barangays Macalang, Magcawa, Kailih, Danapah, Guinanta, Linuan and Cambug.

Some 1,000 families from the mentioned barangays evacuated to safer areas as a result of the military offensive.

PAF attack helicopters were seen leaving the Edwin Andrew Airbase in Zamboanga City and flying for Basilan early yesterday morning . — With report from Richard Falcatan