Camp Bautista, Sulu, Sep 28, 2016- Two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were killed while three more were wounded in two separate but connected successive encounters between Army troops and ASG in Panamao, Sulu early morning Wednesday.
A soldier, name withheld, was also slightly wounded by shrapnels and currently recuperating at Camp Bautista Hospital in Jolo. The first encounter transpired at 07:20am between an estimated 30 ASG and Bravo Company of 35th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Pugad Manaul, Panamao, Sulu where the two said ASG were killed and one soldier was wounded.
Troops recovered one body count while the other was carried by the ASG as seen by pursuing troops and revealed by civilians.
The second encounter occured at 9:05am between the same group of ASG against troops of Bravo Company, 10th Infantry Battalion in an adjacent Sitio in Brgy Pugad Manaul, Panamao, Sulu resulting to three ASG wounded as witnessed by pursuing troops.
The said ASG engaged by troops are reportedly holding some Malaysian and Indonesian hostages.
The wounded soldier was airlifted to Camp Bautista Station Hospital for treatment while the ASG member was brought to Sulu Provincial Police Office for processing and proper disposition so that the cadaver can be claimed by relatives for proper burial in accordance with their tradition.
This is the second successive day that troops engaged the ASG in Sulu. Yesterday the notorious Muktadil brothers of the ASG, Nixon and Brown were killed in an operation by troops in Sulu. Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu attributed the successive engagements to positive cooperation of local residents.
“Our troops will continue to pursue the terrorists until we deal a crippling blow to their ranks and leadership and rescue the remaining hostages”, Brig. Gen. Dela Vega concluded.
Salute to all our troops in Sulu!