Thursday, June 19, 2014

Soldiers Encounter Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Seven soldiers were killed while 13 were wounded in separate encounters with suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels in Sulu, today.

About 6:20 this morning, a military officer was killed in action after his troops encountered an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf rebels in Brgy. Kagay, Patikul, Sulu.

Ten minutes later six soldiers were killed while 13 were wounded after they were hit by an 81mm mortar launched by the lawless group in Brgy. Kabuntakas.

As of this report, the remaining troops are still in the area of operations while the casualties were evacuated to the nearest hospital for medical attention.

The three critically-wounded personnel from Brgy. Kabbon-Takas were evacuated to Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City via a military chopper for proper medical treatment.

We are yet to inform the families of our members who were killed and wounded during the encounters in Sulu. Rest assured that they are being well taken care of.

The incident in Patikul would not hamper military operations against the Abu Sayyaf. The AFP continues to conduct its focused-military operations against these rebels to ensure the safety and security of the civilians in the area.

Our soldiers did not suffer in vain for they bravely sacrificed their lives in line of their duty to our people.

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