From InterAksyon (Jul 7): 10 killed, 19 wounded in ongoing clash between military, ASG bandits in Sulu
Abu Sayyaf bandits are seen in this still image from a News5 video. TV5 SCREENSHOT
Nine Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits were believed to have been killed while another 13 were wounded in the ongoing "focused military operations" (FMO) in Sulu Thursday afternoon.
In the said operations, a trooper from the 45th Infantry Battalion was killed while six others were injured.
The series of firefights started at 3 p.m. in Barangay Kabuntakas of Patikul town, said Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Filemon Tan.
He added that government troops were conducting FMO when they encountered an estimated 130 ASG bandits reportedly headed by Radulan Sahiron.
According to military intelligence reports, nine of the terrorists were reported killed with another 13 wounded in the ensuing gun battles, Tan stressed.
"Firefight is still ongoing, A/8FAB (Alpha Company of the 8th Field Artillery Battalion) provided indirect fire support to the engaged troops while 32nd Infantry Battalion was directed to close in with the enemy and provide reinforcement and was engaged in by the same ASG group," Tan said.
Meanwhile, in Basilan, troops from the Joint Task Group Basilan and an estimated 300 ASG bandits headed by Isnilon Hapilon and Furuji Indama clashed at around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The firefight lasted for five hours with undetermined losses on the bandit side and no casualties for government forces.
"This 7 a.m., firefight resumed in different sitios in Ungkaya Pukan and Magcawa, Al-barka, Basilan. Continuous indirect fire support and air strikes were being done and additional troops deployed in the area of operations as firefight still ongoing as of this time," Tan added.