Abu Sayyaf bandit killed in Basilan


An alleged Abu Sayyaf bandit was killed in an encounter in Basilan province.

Lt. Col. Egverr Jonathan Abutin, commanding officer of 18th Infantry Battalion, said the government troops clashed with some four Abu Sayyaf members in Bohe Selangan, Barangay Baguindan in Tipo-Tipo town Friday, May 8.

After about a three-minute firefight, the bandits fled.

While scouring the engagement area, Abutin said the soldiers recovered a cadaver, one fragmentary grenade, three rounds of 40mm Grenade Launcher ammunition, one Harris Handheld radio, four cellphones, one power bank, two backpacks, one jungle hammock, food items, and enemy personal belongings.

The slain alleged Abu Sayyaf member was identified as Pau Geh.

Abutin said there was a report that another bandit identified as Adzuan Kajing, alias Kawwang, involved in vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) explosion in Lamitan City on July 31, 2018, and with standing warrant of arrest for multiple frustrated murder in Judicial Region Branch 2, Isabela Basilan, was severely wounded in the encounter.

No one was hurt on the government side.