From The Daily Tribune (Aug 11): 2 soldiers, 5 Abus killed in Sulu encounter
Two soldiers and five Abu Sayyaf terrorists were killed during a clash between government forces and the bandits on the outskirts of Sulu province yesterday.
Col. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the military’s Joint Task Force Sulu, said that the clash erupted amid the ongoing focused combat operations against the Abu Sayyaf to rescue the 23 remaining hostages, including 15 foreigners.
Sobejana said that the encounter happened at around 4 a.m. along Sitio Langhub, Barangay Pang in Kalingalan Caluang town.
Marine forces from JTF Sulu engaged more or less 30 heavily-armed men, believed to be holding some of the hostages.
He said that two soldiers were killed in action while another was wounded.
On the other hand, Sobejana said that at least five ASG members were killed during the firefight whose bodies were recovered from the site.
Also recovered were two M16 rifles, an M14 Garand, one KG-9 sub-machinegun, a Barret rifle and a shotgun.
Sobejana noted unverified reports that the group was about to behead their hostages.
“JTF Sulu forces are determined to continue their relentless and sustained effort in pursuing the ASGs and other lawless elements for the safe rescue of the kidnap victims,” Sobejana said.