8 die, 19 wounded in Sulu clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY –- Eight people, including a soldier, were killed while 19 others were wounded in a firefight between government troops and suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigands in the hinterlands of Sulu, a top military official disclosed Friday.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, disclosed the fire fight broke out around 9:15 a.m. Friday in Barangay Panglayahan, Patikul, Sulu.

Arrojado said the troops from the Army’s 10th Infantry Battalion were on security operations when they clashed with around 100 ASG brigands led by Commander Radullan Sahiron.

Sahiron, who is known as the one-armed bandit commander, is the oldest among the existing ASG leaders in the province of Sulu.

Arrojado disclosed that 16 of the 19 wounded were soldiers while the remaining three included Sahiron and two of his followers namely Asari Sajail and Almujer Yada.

Arrojado did not release the identities of the slain and wounded soldiers, who were taken to the Camp Bautista Station Hospital for medical treatment.

Arrojado directed the nearby military units to provide reinforcement while the Fire Artillery Battalion was ordered to provide fire support to the engaged troops. PNA / northboundasia.com