Thursday, January 22, 2015

APC damaged in ongoing Basilan pursuit operations vs ASG

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 22): APC damaged in ongoing Basilan pursuit operations vs ASG

A pursuing APC (armored personnel carrier) was damaged after being mined by fleeing Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in Sitio Abatar, Barangay Baywas, Sumisip town, Basilan Thursday afternoon.

This took place at 1:15 p.m., said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc.

No one was reported injured among the APC's crewmembers.

The vehicle was among the military units pursuing ASG elements in Sumisip town. Military forces have been been hunting the ASG ever since members of Joint Task Force Basilan encountered 50 of the bandits last Tuesday.

Cabunoc said the APC was damaged after hitting an IED (improvised explosive device) reportedly laid by the ASGs.

On the other hand, he said the AFP has already unearthed five IEDS, and captured four ASG camps in Sumisip town during Wednesday's clearing operation which also resulted in the death of six of the bandits and wounding of six others.

No soldiers were reported wounded nor killed in the military operation which seek to clear the bandits from the ongoing construction of the Basilan Circumferential Road.

Artillery and airstrike were conducted by the AFP in the ongoing campaign, he added.

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