Philippine Military Says It Has Killed 70 Abu Sayyaf Militants

Philippine Army Special Forces troopers clearing the area around a captured Abu Sayyaf bunker in Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan. AFP

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine military says it has killed 70 Abu Sayyaf militants and captured 32 others in a major offensive that began in July against the group, which is accused of kidnapping sailors from neighboring countries for ransom.

Military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said Tuesday that 34 other militants surrendered under pressure from military assaults in the southern provinces of Sulu and Basilan.

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to destroy the Abu Sayyaf, which is accused of kidnapping Malaysian and Indonesian tugboat crewmen in a series of attacks that prompted the three countries to map out a joint strategy to strengthen sea border security.

Duterte plans to discuss the Abu Sayyaf threat when he visits Malaysia next week.


Abu Sayyaf member killed, 8 soldiers injured in Sulu clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — An Abu Sayyaf militant was killed and several others, including eight soldiers, were wounded in a military offensive in Sulu on Sunday.
Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, said the troops clashed with around 100 Abu Sayyaf members at Barangay Panglayahan in Patikul town past noon.
Tan said the troops from the 21st Infantry Battalion were conducting a focused military offensive when the clash happened as they were heading towards Sitio Baladad, a former military detachment.
“The firefight was fierce [and] resulted in eight soldiers on our side wounded but the Abu Sayyaf suffered an undetermined number of casualties,” Tan said.
He said pursuit operations are underway as the militants split up to evade the military.
Tan said Joint Task Force Sulu Commander Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega has directed nearby military units to conduct blocking operations. A blocking operation is meant to deny an enemy force access to an area.
Ground troops were supported by artillery and by attack helicopters from the Philippine Air Force 3rd Air Division.
Earlier Sunday, Army Rangers also clashed with eight Abu Sayyaf militants led by Abu Sayyaf spokesman Muamar Askali, alias Abu Rami, in a village of Indanan town.
The 11th Scout Ranger Company engaged Askali’s group in a firefight at Barangay Bunot at about 6:45 a.m. One Abu Sayyaf member was killed in the clash.
The Rangers recovered the remains of the slain Abu Sayyaf militant and his rifle, Tan said.

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One Response to “Philippine Military Says It Has Killed 70 Abu Sayyaf Militants”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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