Thursday, May 1, 2014

25 Abu Sayyaf rebels killed in Sulu clash

From InterAksyon (May 1): 25 Abu Sayyaf rebels killed in Sulu clash

The number of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigands killed in the fighting in Patikul town, Sulu Tuesday has climbed to 25, or nine persons higher than the 14 reported earlier.

This was revealed by Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, 2nd Marine Brigade civil-military operations officer, Wednesday.

He added that 20 of the slain ASG men have been identified by the military with the remaining five still unidentified as of this posting.

Lacuesta said that the identities of the slain brigands were provided by residents of the area.

Government losses stayed at one Marine trooper killed and 19 others injured.

Fighting stemmed from ASG efforts to recapture their training camp in Sitio Kanjimao, Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul town which was captured around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Around 100 ASG brigands initially participated in the 4 p.m. attack with their number increasing to 300 as the lawless elements were reinforced by their comrades coming from Indanan and Talipao town.

The captured ASG base has 50 makeshift huts and heavily fortified bunkers.
2nd Marine Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Martin Pinto said artillery fire played a role in the capture of the ASG camp.

He added the Marines employed 105mm howitzers, 81mm mortars, and two MG-520 attack helicopters on the Abu Sayyaf men during the three-hour battle.

Pinto said the Marines plan to convert the Abu Sayyaf lair into a military camp.

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