A heavy armed confrontation ensued between patrolling troops of the Joint Task Force Basilan and members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sumisip, Basilan early this morning (April 10).
Personnel of the 4th Special Forces Battalion, who established a detachment in Barangay Cabcaban, Sumisip, Basilan, encountered the said Abu Sayyaf bandits while they were conducting security patrol in the said area at 7:15am.
At around 7:45am, the engaging troops were reinforced by the 1st Special Forces Company, who were being fired at by the withdrawing bandits as the troops were traversing the said temporary patrol base in Barangay Cabcaban.
As of press time, pursuit on the evading enemy forces is currently being conducted by the Special Forces following bloodstains left by the fleeing bandits.
As a result of the earlier engagements, five (5) members of the Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) sustained wounds, while three (3) CAA members were killed in action. Six (6) other soldiers were also wounded during the second encounter.
Eight (8) of the wounded were brought to Zamboanga City for further medical attention at the Camp Navarro General Hospital (CNGH) of the Western Mindanao Command, while three (3) were admitted in a hospital in Basilan.
“Our engaged troops have recently established a detachment in Barangay Cabcaban in response to the call of the local government of Basilan to secure the area from the threats posed by the Abu Sayyaf bandits. Our soldiers are on security patrols when the encounter occurred,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Commander, WestMinCom.
“The military will continue to secure the area and work with the local chief executives to contain the Abu Sayyaf bandits in the barangay,” added Lieutenant General Galvez.
“This incident will not stop us from doing our mandate, in order to free the community from the terror these bandits are causing the people.