Operating troops of the 41st Infantry Battalion engaged in an armed confrontation with more or less 20 Abu Sayyaf Group members under in Barangay Tumatangis, Indanan, Sulu at 7:36am, April 28, 2020.
“The firefight lasted for 9 minutes after which our enemies withdrew,” said Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu.
“Our troops are in pursuit of the fleeing bandits,” Maj. Gen. Vinluan added.
Said encounter resulted in the death of one abu, recovery of one M16 rifle with M203 attached, and slight wounding of one soldier.
“The terror groups are taking advantage of the situation wherein some of our troops are deployed to assist the local government units in the battle against COVID-19,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Rest assured our focused military operations will not falter, we have enough forces to hunt and pound these terrorists, and we will compell them to lay down their arms and return to the fold of the law,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.
Troops continue to scour the area. Western Mindanao Command