22 troops wounded during clash with ASG in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines– Twenty-two soldiers were wounded in a clash with Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigands as law enforcement operations continue in the hinterlands of Basilan province, an official disclosed Saturday.

Maj. Filemon Tan, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer, disclosed the clash broke out around 7:55 a.m. Saturday in Sitio Bayoko, Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo.

Tan did not release the identities of the wounded soldiers except to say they belong to the Army’s 4th Special Forces Battalion and 44th Infantry Battalion.

Tan said the troops were conducting security operations when encountered more or less 120 gunmen believed to be ASG brigands.

He said troops are still in the area of the clash site. Teofilo Garcia Jr. & Priam Nepomuceno/ PNA/ northboundasia.com