By Priam F. Nepomuceno
MANILA, Aug. 19 (PNA) — Fifteen Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits were reportedly killed during an encounter with Joint Task Group Sulu units at Sitio Marang, Barangay Buanza, Indanan town, Sulu Wednesday afternoon.
Joint Task Group Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado said the encounter took place at 5:25 p.m.
He added that troopers from 1st Scout Ranger Battalion under Lt. Col. Eugene Boquio were conducting “focused military operations” in the area when they encountered an estimated 80 to 100 brigands under ASG sub-leaders Yasser Igasan and Alhabsy Misaya.
The encounter scene is near a known Moro National Liberation Front stronghold where Nur Misuari is allegedly staying.
And in the issuing firefight, 15 ASG bandits were killed with no losses sustained by the government side.
Artillery fire was also provided to government troops.
Arrojado said that five of the slain ASGs were recovered along with three firearms.
Pursuit and scouring operations are ongoing as this posting.Many of the bandits are believed to be wounded in the encounter. (PNA)