MANILA– Ten Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists have been reported killed and another six wounded in the ongoing focused military operations in Sulu which started in the morning of Dec. 10.
Updates forwarded by the Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Filemon Tan on Monday indicated that ongoing pursuit operations against the terror group, backed by artillery and air bombardment have so far killed 10 of the ASG and wounding six.
These figures are based on civilian reports and other intelligence sources.
Tan said that pursuit operations are still ongoing as of this posting.
Fighting at Bud Taming, Barangay Kabbontakas, Patikul erupted 10 a.m. Saturday after patrol elements of the 35th Infantry Battalion encountered around 150 ASG terrorists reportedly headed by Radullan Sahiron, Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, Yasser Igasan and Mujer Yadah, triggering a two-hour firefight which initially killed three troopers and wounded 21 others, 17 of whom were hit by shrapnel.
Wounded government troopers were immediately taken to the Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City for treatment. Priam Nepomuceno/PNA