At least three alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were killed in the military’s all-out offensives against the terrorist group in Sulu.
Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, however, said that eight soldiers were also wounded in the encounter with the bandits in Barangay Latih in Patikul town Wednesday, April 22.
The troops from the 45th Infantry Battalion clashed with undetermined number of bandits for about 34 minutes after which the enemies withdraw to different directions.
While pursuing the fleeing enemies, the soldiers recovered three cadavers and discovered bloodstains in the encounter site.
The slain Abu Sayyaf members were identified as Guro Khalid, Udal Muhamadar Said, and alias Budah.
“Based on reports, three more enemies were killed and many others were wounded,” Vinluan said.
He said the injured soldiers were immediately extricated from the encounter site and evacuated to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital and then to Camp Navarro General Hospital for medical attention.
“We are sustaining our focused military operations in Sulu to finish the Abu Sayyaf Group and bring about peace in the said province,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Please continue praying for the safety of our soldiers who rendered unselfish service to win the peace as we equally worship for our protection against COVID-19 (coronavirus disease),” he added.
Twelve soldiers died in a firefight with the Abu Sayyaf bandits last April 17 in Danag, Patikul, Sulu.