3 Special Forces troopers wounded in Basilan ambush

MANILA — Three Special Forces troopers were wounded in two separate ambushes in Basilan early Wednesday morning.

Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Filemon Tan said the first incident took place when a KM-450 truck transporting eight members of the 14th Special Forces Company was fired upon by still unidentified gunmen at 3:30 a.m. while patrolling in Barangay Townsite, Maluso town.

This security operation was done to secure the ongoing feast of the Immaculate Heart of Marish Parish Church.

Two of the soldiers were hit and wounded in this attack, Tan said.

The second ambush occurred at 3:50 a.m. as responding units were transporting the wounded troops for treatment at the Ballaho Clinic, also in Maluso.

Another soldier was wounded in this incident, raising the number of injured government troops to three.

The gun battle lasted for two minutes before the attackers decided to escape.

All three wounded soldiers were eventually taken to the Basilan Community Hospital for treatment. PNA/northboundasia.com