Four alleged Abu Sayyaf members were killed in fresh focused military operations against the bandits in Basilan province Wednesday.
Supported by air assets and artillery fires, troops of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, 64th Infantry Battalion, 18th Infantry Battalion, and 12th Division Reconnaissance Company under the Joint Task Force Basilan led by Brigadier General Fernando Reyeg, launched the operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group under sub-leader Furuji Indama at Sitio Gipitan, Barangay Bohe Pahu, Ungkaya Pukan, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) said.
The government troops also recovered during the operations three high-powered firearms, improvised explosive device components, six magazines for M14, 16 rounds of 7.62mm link, 17 rounds of 7.62mm ball, a cellular phone, and food supplies.
“The military offensive is yet another strong message against the ASG and other lawless elements in the province that they cannot escape the full force of the government,” Reyeg said.
However, he added that peace is offered to those bandits who are willing to surrender unconditionally and embrace the opportunity to live a peaceful and normal life.