Saturday, February 28, 2015

10 more Abu Sayyaf slain in Sulu fighting

From InterAksyon (Feb 28): 10 more Abu Sayyaf slain in Sulu fighting

Ten more Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed on Friday as government forces pressed on their offensive against the extremists, the military said.

Eight gunmen and 10 soldiers were also wounded in the fighting, Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Captain Rowena Muyuela.

Clashes first broke out Wednesday in Patikul town when elite Scout Rangers and Special Forces units encountered an estimated 300 Abu Sayyaf fighters.

Two soldiers died and 16 others were wounded while the Abu Sayyaf lost 14 dead and 19 wounded at the time.

Past noon Friday, troops of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion battled Abu Sayyaf gunmen led by Radulan Sahiron in Sitio Baunoh Butang, Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul.

As the Abu Sayyaf retreated, elements of the 14th Scout Ranger Reconnaissance Company engaged them even as they came under artillery and airborne strikes.

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