Friday, July 31, 2020

9 killed in fresh Sulu fighting

ZAMBOANGA CITY – At least 9 soldiers and Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed in fierce clashes Friday in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, security officials said.

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Military photos show three of the 6 slain Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu province. 
Officials said the fighting erupted after Abu Sayyaf terrorists ambushed a group of soldiers in the village of Taong in Patikul town. The attack sparked a gun battle that killed at least 6 terrorists and three soldiers from the 32nd Infantry Battalion.
Three other infantrymen were wounded in the fighting, according to Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, commander of an anti-terror task force.
“Exchange of fires ensued which resulted in the deaths of six enemies. Three soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice while three others were wounded in the said encounter,” he said. “It is with deep sadness to report that three of our brave soldiers succumbed to death while defending the people of Sulu.”

He said the wounded soldiers were evacuated to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in the capital town of Jolo. The identities of the slain terrorists remain unknown. (Zamboanga Post)

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