Two more Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits were killed Sunday, October 30 in Indanan, Sulu as President Rodrigo Duterte orders the military to conduct more operations against the terrorist group.
The clash took place 6:45 a.m. as patrolling operatives of the 11th Scout Ranger Company pounced upon the brigands thanks to tips from concerned residents.
In the brief firefight, two ASG members were killed with the military recovery the body of the slain bandit along with an M-16 automatic rifle fitted with a M-203 grenade launcher and one improvised explosive device (IED).
The body of the remaining bandit was seen been carried deep into ASG territory, Joint Task Force Sulu spokesperson Col. Rodrigo Gregorio said.
No losses were sustained by government forces in the encounter.
This brings to 38 the total number of ASG killed since the intensified combat operations was launched in July while scores were also wounded on the ASG.
Soldiers suffered 15 killed in action and 28 wounded in action since July.
Authorities believed the ASGs had splintered into small groups to evade soldiers and are planting IEDs to delay movements of government troops.