The military on Thursday captured two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) camps and seized several firearms during operations in Patikul, Sulu province.
Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, said soldiers from the 10th Scout Ranger Company were conducting patrols when they encountered around 30 suspected ASG bandits under sub-leaders Namel Ahajari and Arkam Udjaman at Sitio Mabusing, Barangay Langhub at 1:08 p.m.
The bandits retreated after a 15-minute firefight and suffered an undetermined number of casualties.
No losses were suffered by government forces, Arrojado said.
In the ensuing pursuit operations, government troops seized two ASG camps, one of which is capable of housing 50 bandits. The second camp, captured by the 11th Scout Ranger Company, can accommodate 100 individuals.
Seized were a rocket-propelled grenade, an M16 automatic rifle with 45 rounds and assorted foodstuffs.
Pursuit operations are still ongoing.