At least three Abu Sayyaf fighters have been killed and 10 others were wounded in a clash with government troops in Sulu, the military said Wednesday.
10 troopers were wounded and at least three Abu Sayyaf fighters have been killed in a clash with the PH marine soldiers in Sulu.
Maj. Filemon Tan, spokesman for the military’s Western Mindanao Command said in a statement that there were some 16 soldiers wounded in the fighting in Patikul town.
He added that the 32nd Infantry Battalion encountered around 200 ASG gunmen in Sitio Bud Duwa Bayho, Barangay Pansul Tuesday afternoon, triggering a gun battle that lasted an hour and a half.
The wounded were brought to a hospital in Busbus, Jolo.
Duterte promises to dismantle the group after a crowd of business leaders in Davao City.
“I cannot do it just immediately. But there will be a time, there will be a reckoning. And when it comes, I will just say ‘Surrender unconditionally. Release all prisoners, hostages or we fight’.”, Duterte said.
The bandit group gains notoriety for its kidnap and ransom strategy.
The AFP intensifies its military operation after a Canadian Robert Hall was beheaded last last June 13 after it failed to pay for the P300-Million ransom money demanded by the terrorist.
Hall, was the second victim of the ASG after the John Ridsdel demise last month after it failed to provide the P300-M ransom money.
In September 2016, the three foreigners Ridsdel, Hall, Norwegian national Khartan Sekkingstad, and Filipina Marites Flor (Hall’s girlfriend) were held captive in Samal Island,Davao Del Norte by an unknown group later identified themselves as the ASG.
According to Tan, ASG is currently holding three captives and the soldiers are doing their best to rescue the remaining hostages.