Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command through the Joint Task Force Sulu is continuously intensifying its focused operations to crush down the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu.
At 1:40pm on December 7, 2019, operating troops of the 32nd Infantry Battalion and 12th Reconnaissance Company encountered 40 Abu Sayyaf Group members under sub-leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan in Sitio Tambang, Barangay Kabbon Takas, Patikul.
Based on a report, the 30-minute firefight resulted to four ASG members killed and the wounding of several others.
While scouring the encounter site, troops recovered one dead body, believed to be the remains of one of the four slain ASG members; one M16 Rifle; and personal belongings of the fleeing bandits.
“The spotted crumbs of human flesh and bloodstains in the encounter site are indicatives of ASG’s enormous casualties other than the cadaver recovered. Hence, we are very grateful for the information fed by the civilians regarding the presence of armed bandits in their communities,” said Brigadier General Antonio Nafarrete, Commander of 1101st Brigade.
The encounter also resulted in one soldier killed and nine others wounded.
“The ASG has no safe place here in Sulu as the Peace-loving Tausugs are now very active in reporting their presence wherever they go. The untimely death of one of our soldiers will never weaken our spirits in our fight against terrorism. His ultimate sacrifice will serve as our inspiration and motivation in hunting down the remaining ASG in Sulu. The ASG maneuver space is dwindling. Hence, they now have to surrender or be killed by our operating forces,” JTF Sulu commander Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan expressed.
Battle casualties were immediately brought to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for medical attention.
“We call on all the peace-loving citizens of this country to continuously pray for the safety of our soldiers and the enlightenment of our enemies,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom commander.
“Let us all pray and work together for the attainment of the coveted peace in Western and Central Mindanao,” he added. WESTMINCOM.COM