Friday, April 18, 2014

Government troops clash with ASG in Basilan

From the Website of Philippine Army

Government troops clash with ASG in Basilan

KUTA SANG-AN – With the desire to improve the lives of the people through the construction of circumferential road, the elements of 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, JSOU2 and 18th Infantry Battalion encountered more or less 60 Abu Sayyaf and lawless elements in a series of firefight at Tipo-tipo, Basilan Province around 2:25 and 7:45 in the morning of April 11, 2014.

Based on the reports from ground units, the group of Abu Sayaff Group under Furiji Indama threatened and demanded extortion money on the ongoing construction of Magcawa-Albarka. At about 2:25 in the morning, elements of 3SRB and JSOU2 encountered Abu Sayyaf Group under FURIJI INDAMA at So. Pansul, Brgy Silungkom, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan firefight lasted for about 45 minutes. At about 7:45 in the morning, elements of 18IB led by Lt Col CJ Paolo P Perez with 2LT Aaron Jake B Bungag while occupying blocking position at Brgy. Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo, BP encountered more or less 60 Abu Sayaff Group and LLEs under Basir Kaguran and Nurhassan Jamiri. Firefight is still on going.

Initial report states that the encounter resulted to three (3) troops who suffered minor gun shot wounds and seventeen (17) slightly wounded caused by sharpnel. Overall, fourteen (14) were evacuated at WESMINCOM Hospital in Zamboanga City for medication.
More troops and closed air support have been dispatched by BGen Carlito G Galvez, Commander 104th Brigade to pursue the ASG and to pave the way for the normalization of the area.

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