Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City-March 2, 2020
Operating troops of the Joint Task Force Central launched a focused military operation against the Daesh-inspired terrorist group under Salahudin Hassan utilizing air and artillery assets.
Ground troops were then deployed following the surgical operation which resulted in an armed confrontation in Barangay Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao in the morning of March 2, 2020.
“The operation was launched in response to a report from the communities regarding the presence of the armed group,” said MGen. Diosdado C. Carreon, commander of the Joint Task Force Central.
Said encounter further resulted in the deaths of two enemies (based on body count) and the recovery of one Barret caliber 50 sniper rifle, one M14 aliber 7.62 rifle, and an improvised explosive device.
“We will continue the momentum and sustain our gains on this operation in order to safeguard the civilians and put an end to this threat of society,” said Col. Jose Narciso, commander of the 601st Infantry (Unifier) Brigade.
Two soldiers who incurred gunshot wounds during the exchange of fires were immediately airlifted to Camp Siongco Hospital for proper medical attention but unfortunately one of them expired.
While conducting blocking operation, following the encounter in Ampatuan, troops from the 40th Infantry Division were fired upon by the enemies in Barangay Mother Tuayan, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao which resulted in the wounding of one soldier.
Battle casualty was evacuated to Camp Siongco Hospital for immediate medical treatment.
“Today, we lost one brave soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice just to ensure the safety of the community,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“We pray for his eternal repose, for the fast recovery of two of his comrades, and for the safety of the others who are currently pursuing the remaining enemies,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.
The cadavers of the neutralized terrorists were turned-over to PNP-Maguindanao for identification and proper disposition.
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