Air and artillery, along with troops from Joint Task Group Basilan, are now pounding an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) enclave at Punoh Amirul in Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan.
The military offensive started on Sunday, Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) spokesperson Major Filemon Tan said.
A series of airstrikes and artillery fires were delivered by military troops, targeting more or less 150 ASG members under Furuji Indama and Isnilon Hapilon.
No casualties was reported on the government side as of this press time while the number of killed and wounded in the bandit side is still to be determined.
Since Sunday, troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion situated in Barangay Magcawa, Albarka have been engaging in a series of armed confrontation with the group of Indama, while being backed by 3rd Air Division personnel.
Focused military operations are currently being intensified in all efforts of the military to neutralize the ASG based in the
. province of Basilan
In Sulu, troops continue to operate in an area where kidnap victim Kjartan Sekkingstand is known to be located.
"As to the report that the kidnap victim will be beheaded anytime, we cannot confirm or deny that. The troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu continue to conduct focused military operations where intelligence reports point operations should be conducted," Tan said.