ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two army soldiers were killed in an ambush Sunday by the members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in a remote village in Basilan province.
Military officers said the two soldiers, members of Army’s 64th Infantry Battalion (IB), were riding a motorcycle when the rebels ambushed them in Tumahubong village in Sumisip town, a known stronghold of the group blamed for the spate of attacks and ransom kidnappings in the region and nearby Zamboanga City.
The rebels escaped after the attack, leaving the bloodied bodies of the two men behind, it was reported. Troops who responded to the burst of gunfire retrieved the cadavers, while other units were sent to track down the suspects.
It was not immediately known why the military and police in the area failed to detect the Abu Sayyaf and prevent the attack.