Thursday, April 8, 2021

5 wounded in Sayyaf clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY – At least three Abu Sayyaf terrorists and two soldiers were wounded in a clash in Sulu province in southern Philippines where security forces are battling the pro-ISIS group.

Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, confirmed Wednesday’s fighting and said the clash between members of the 21st Infantry Battalion and Abu Sayyaf occurred in Patikul town, a known stronghold of the terrorist group. 

He said the fighting lasted only 15 minutes. He did not say how many soldiers and terrorists were involved in the clash or what triggered the gun battle. 

Gonzales said the wounded soldiers were brought to a military hospital in the capital town of Jolo. “They are currently admitted at the Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital and are both in stable condition,” he said. 

He said initial military reports claimed that three terrorists - Aldam, Sans and Muadz - were also wounded in the fighting. Muadz is the grandson of senior Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron. 

“All military units are on alert while the army is still in pursuit of the terrorist group,” Gonzales said. 

Security forces have been battling the Abu Sayyaf in the restive region of Mindanao for nearly 3 decades now. (Mindanao Examiner)

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