8 soldiers hurt as Army, Abu Sayyaf clash anew in Sulu

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ZAMBOANGA CITY — Eight soldiers were wounded while the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) suffered undetermined number casualties during a firefight in the hinterlands of Sulu, a top military official said Friday.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said the clash took place Wednesday in Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul, Sulu.

Sobejana said troops from the Joint Task Force Sulu were conducting security operations when they clashed with some 40 fully armed ASG bandits under the group of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan and Radulan Sahiron.

Sobejana said the firefight lasted for about 40 minutes, after which the ASG bandits fled dragging along their casualties.

He said the wounded soldiers were taken to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Barangay Busbus, Jolo, the capital of the province.

“I salute our gallant soldiers for their bravery and utmost dedication to their sworn duty,” Sobejana said.

He said they will further intensify the offensive to neutralize the remaining ASG bandits in Sulu and “in all the provinces under the operational control of the command”.

He said troops are tacking down the ASG bandits, who fled to different directions. (PNA)

The Philippine News Agency is a web-based newswire service of the Philippine government under the supervision of the News and Information Bureau (NIB) of the Presidential Communications Office (PCO).

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