5 Scout rangers killed in battle with 150 Abu Sayyafs

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM), in its update, noted that five scout rangers and 3 Abu Sayyaf terrorists were killed in a battle that lasted for 1 hour 50 minutes February 2 in Patikul, Sulu.

“Heavy firefight erupted 11:30am this morning between the troops of 5th Scout Ranger Battalion under LTC MARLO S JOMALESA with more or less 150 Abu Sayyaf group under Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan at Sitio Sungkog, Bgy Kabbon Takas, Patikul, Sulu,” WESTMINCOM said.

“Firefight lasted for 1hr & 50 min,” it added. “Troops are still in pursuit of fleeing bandits.” 18 were wounded in government side, while 15 were wounded from the terrorists including Idang Susukan, sub leader of Sawadjaan.