5 ASG bandits, 2 soldiers killed in battle

FIVE suspected militants, including Abu Sayyaf (ASG) leader and two soldiers, were killed after government troops overrun a militant’s camp in a remote village in the hinterlands of Basilan Saturday dawn, February 12.

Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo, the military general headquarters in Manila, said that the Abu Sayyaf (ASG) camp in Brgy. Baiwas, Sumisip town was overrun by troops following three hours of fighting.

The spokesman for the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), Lt. Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, identified the mid-level bandit leader killed in the assault as Juhaiber Alamsirul alias Abu Kiks.

The four other militants killed in the encounter were still unknown while the identities of the two soldiers killed in the clash were withheld by the military official pending notification of their next of kin.

Four soldiers, identified as Pfc’s Frederick Valencia, Archie Tampipi, Raymond Sagmayao and Pejie Labargan were also wounded during the firefight.

The reports said the attack on the Abu Sayyaf camp took place at around 4:30 am Saturday after the military received an information that ASG leader Radzmil Janatul and 30 others bandits were sighted in the area.

The military official said that the wounded and dead soldiers were already air lifted to a military hospital in Zamboanga City.

The reports added that a cache of ammunition, handheld radio transceiver, Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card, hammock and other personal belongings belonging to the rebels were recovered by troops from the overrun camp. Anthony Vargas

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