11 soldiers killed in encounter with Abu Sayyaf Group


Eleven Philippine Army troops were killed and 14 others were injured in an hour-long firefight with terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Patikul, Sulu, Friday, April 17.

“This afternoon, we lost 11 brave soldiers and 14 others were injured while securing the people of Sulu from the cruelty of the Abu Sayyaf,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana said as quoted by Inquirer.net.

The Philippine Army’s 21st Infantry Battalion (21IB) encountered around 40 members of ASG at Sitio Lubong, Barangay Danag which resulted to the hour-long firefight.

“Government troops lost 7 R4 rifles, one with a 40mm grenade launcher attached, a K3 saw, and a handheld Harris Radio unit – used by the military for secure communications,” Rappler reported.

Troops from 5th Scout Ranger Battalion, 6th Special Forces Battalion, 32nd Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, and 2 Philippine Air Force AW109 helicopters responded for reinforcement.