All-out offensives launched by the Joint Task Force Sulu continue to contain the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu. While conducting combat operation, troops of the 45th Infantry Battalion encountered undetermined number of ASG in Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu at 6pm, April 22, 2020.
Firefight ensued which lasted for 34 minutes after which enemy withdrew to different directions.
While pursuing the fleeing enemies, troops recovered 3 enemy cadavers and discovered bloodstains in the encounter site.
Killed ASG members were identified as Guro Khalid, Udal Muhamadar Said, and a.k.a. Budah.
“Based on reports, three more enemies were killed and many others were wounded,” said Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, JTF Sulu commander.
The armed confrontation further resulted in the wounding of eight soldiers who were immediately extricated from the encounter site and evacuated to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital and onward to Camp Navarro General Hospital for medical attention.
“We are sustaining our focused military operations in Sulu to finish the Abu Sayyaf Group and bring about peace in the said province,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Please continue pray for the safety of our soldiers who rendered unselfish service to win the peace as we equally worship for our protection against COVID-19,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added. WESTMINCOM