TWO soldiers and six members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed while 25 others were injured during a fierce fight in Talipao, Sulu on Thursday.
Fifteen of those injured were soldiers.
Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office (PAO), said the firefight started at around 10:30 a.m. in Sitio Nangka Barangay Gata. He said around 300 Abu rebels were seen roaming the area of Bud Bagsak, which the military described as the “favorite playing ground” of ASG leader Radullan Sahiron.
A report from Col. Allan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu, said members of the 32nd Infantry Battalion engaged the bandits. Sporadic fighting continued until yesterday afternoon. The Philippine Air Force sent attack helicopters to support the ground troops.
Cabunoc said the ASG may be planning to launch massive atrocities in the area or there may be an “event” happening in the community.