While conducting strike operation, troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion encountered more or less four Abu Sayyaf Group members in Bohe Selangan, Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan at 11:30pm, May 8, 2020.
The encounter lasted for three minutes after which the enemy scampered to different direction.
While scouring the area of engagement, troops recovered one enemy cadaver, one fragmentary grenade, three rounds of 40mm Grenade Launcher ammunition, one harris Handheld radio, four cellphones, one power bank, two backpacks, one jungle hammock, food items, and enemy personal belongings.
The neutralized ASG member was identified as Pau Geh.
“As we perform our roles as frontliners against the COVID-19 pandemic, 18IB remains committed in pursuing peace and security throughout its area of operations. We will continue to conduct focused military operations against the already dwindling ranks of ASG in Basilan who continue to evade the government forces in small groups,” said Lt. Col. Egverr Jonathan Abutin, Commanding Officer, 18IB.
It was also reported that another bandit identified as Adzuan Kajing, a.k.a. Kawwang, involved in vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) explosion in Lamitan City on July 31, 2018, and with standing warrant of arrest for multiple frustrated murder in Judicial Region Branch 2, Isabela Basilan, was severely wounded in the encounter.
“I commend the troops of the 18th Infantry (Deo et Patria) Battalion for their remarkable accomplishments amid the health crisis,” said Brig. Gen. Fernando Reyeg, Commander, Joint Task Force Basilan.
“Rest assured that we will pursue with our operation in tracking down the remaining threat groups in the province to attain lasting peace and development in Basilan,” Brig. Gen. Reyeg added.
No casualties were reported on the government side.
“While our soldiers brave the danger brought about by the corona virus, they also continue to risk their lives fighting for peace and security in their area of operations,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom Commander.
“Let us continue to pray for their safety and protection as they continue to spare us from the rudeness of the different threat groups,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added. Western Mindanao Command