Dogs to go after Abus

THE Philippine Marines will deploy 12 trained dogs in Mindanao to help troops go after Abu Sayyaf bandits.

Lt. Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the Marine’s K-9 units that will be deployed were specially trained for combat tracking operations.

“What happens usually is that every time there’s an encounter… the enemy withdraws but bloodstains are all over the place, indicating casualties,” Arevalo said.

“Our K-9 will help our troops in tracking them down,” Arevalo said.

He said that aside from tracking down the enemies, the K-9 units are also trained to sniff out and locate bombs and booby traps.

The dogs will be deployed in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, known bailiwicks of the bandit Abu Sayyaf group. Anthony Vargas

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