Army killed in encounter with ASG in Basilan

MANILA, Philippines – an army trooper was killed after a government patrol clashed anew with still unknown number of Abu Sayyaf (ASG) bandits in Al-Barkah town in Basilan Wednesday morning.

Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo, the military general headquarters in Manila, said that the latest encounter between government troops and ASG bandits took place at around 11:30 a.m. in a remote village of Al-Barkah town.

Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesman, Lt. Colonel Randolph Cabangbang said the wounded army trooper was quickly evacuated by a huey chopper to Camp Navarro Hospital in Zamboanga City.

However, the soldier who sustained several gunshot wounds died while en route to the hospital, the Westmincom spokesman said as he decline to name the soldier as they have yet to notify his next of kin.

The encounter took place barely a month after army scout rangers killed a Basilan based leader of the Abu Sayyaf (ASG) in an encounter last January 9 in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan.

Basilan is the birthplace of the Abu Sayyaf (ASG) that has ties with foreign terror groups such as the Indonesian based Jemaah Islamiyah (J) and the al-Qaeda network of Osama Bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man. Anthony Vargas

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