Troops pursue Abus spotted in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:13

Troops yesterday chased 11 suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) spotted heading for Sibubong sandbars, southwest of Barangay Bato-Bato, Albarka, Basilan on Sunday.

Belated reports from Capt. Jefferson Somera, 1st Infantry spokesperson, said the suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen were sighted twice by the military teams.

The first sighting was in Barangay Cambug around 12:30 p.m. with the ASG men on board five motorcycles.

He added the 11 rebels were believed to be under the leadership of Nurhassan Jamiri alias “Abu Bekkat” and Musana Jamiri and were holding a picnic in the above-mentioned locality.

The ASGs  were spotted leaving the area aboard a blue-and-white motorized pump boat, a second sighting confirmed by the 18th Infantry Battalion around 1:10 p.m., Somera stressed.

Once the ASG sightings were confirmed, Somera said an MG-520 “Defender” attack helicopter was hurriedly deployed to pursue and disperse ASG bandits with rockets.

After this attack, the ASG immediately fled towards the direction of Sitio Anang-Anang, Barangay Cambug, Albarka, which is heavily forested with mangroves.

Navy units were immediately deployed to cordon off the area to prevent the ASG from escaping.