From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Sep 17): ENCOUNTER | Notorious Abu sub-leader critically-wounded in Sulu
CAMP NAVARRO, Calarian, Zamboanga City (DWDD) – While conducting focused military operation, troops of the Task Group Panther led by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Yunque together with a group of scout rangers led by Captain Michael Asistores encountered more or less one hundred (100) fully armed Abu Sayyafs under senior leader Radullan Sahiron and sub leaders Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan and Idang Susukan in Barangay Bakong, Patikul, Sulu.
Firefight ensued at around 1:30pm yesterday afterwhich enemies withdrew due to the pressure imposed by the operating troops.
Based on the report of Joint Task Force Sulu headed by Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, seven (7) ASG members were killed, based on body count, and six others were wounded including ASGSL Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan who was seriously hit in his stomach and lower extremities.
Seventeen (17) soldiers were also slightly wounded during the encounter due to shrapnel while more casualties on the enemy side are yet to be determined based on the blood stains spotted in the encounter site.
Battle casualties were immediately rushed to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for proper medical treatment. Cadavers of the slain ASG members were also brought to the said hospital for forensic examination and proper disposition.
Also recovered on the encounter site were: One (1) M16 rifle, 4 5.56 mm magazines, 1 bandolier, 1 touchscreen cellular phone, and assorted war materiel and ammunitions.
“I commend the troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu for this recent accomplishment,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“All sorts of assistance will be provided to the battle casualties and our prayers are with them for their speedy recovery,” he added.
As of this report, more troops have been deployed to go after the fleeing bandits. TFSulu / MCAG