An arms cache, belonging to fleeing Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits under sub-commander Idr Alhabsy Misaya, was seized by troopers from Joint Task Group Sulu Tuesday afternoon.
This took place at 4:45 p.m. at Barangay Guimbaon, Luuk town.
Joint Task Group Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado said troopers from the 35th Infantry Battalion were conducting clearing operations in the area when they stumbled upon an abandoned hut containing the arms cache.
Seized were an M-16 automatic rifle and a magazine containing 20 bullets; an extended aluminum M-16 magazine; two plastic M-16 magazines; a 40mm grenade; three bandoliers and the lower garment of a battle uniform.
Witnesses said the bandits abandoned their weapons upon learning that government troops were about to conduct "focused military operations" in nearby Kalinggalang, Caluang.
Pursuit operations are still ongoing.