From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 16): 2 Abu Sayyaf bandits die in Tawi-Tawi clash
The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) on Friday announced two members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a law enforcement operation in the province of Tawi-Tawi.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., Westmincom chief, identified the slain ASG members as Hamid Mohammad and Altasil Lakbaoin, both followers of the late Abu Sayyaf leader Abraham Hamid.
Galvez said they were killed in a brief firefight that ensued when they resisted the joint military and police team during a law enforcement operation around 9 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Tubig Tanah, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
Galvez said the law enforcement support operations are continuously being launched by the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi headed by Brig. Gen. Custodio Parcon Jr., in coordination with the police and the local government to pre-empt illegal activities in the province.
“We believe that this operational accomplishment will leave no other option but to force remnants of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Tawi-Tawi to return to the folds of the law and join the cause of the government against terrorism,” Galvez said.
A total of 83 members of the ASG were killed in the all-out military offensive since January 1, this year, here in Western Mindanao.
Of the total number, 14 were killed in Basilan; 62 in Sulu; and, seven in Tawi-Tawi.
“I take great pride in their (troops) dedication as our fight against these terror groups continue to reap positive results,” Galvez said as he congratulated troops Westmincom troops.