ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) rebels attacked a marine post in Patikul town, Sulu province and sparked a gun battle that wounded three people, police said on
Police said the rebels attacked the marine post in the village of Bungkaung and a firefight erupted that left three civilians wounded. Senior Supt. Abraham Orbita, the provincial police chief, said the rebels harassed soldiers from the 22nd Marine Company.
“An undetermined number of armed men, believed to be Abu Sayyaf, harassed the elements of the 22nd Marine Company under the Marine Battalion Landing Team 2, manning the Bungkaung detachment in Patikul town.”
“The firefight lasted for almost 50 minutes which resulted in the wounding of three civilians Alnajir Suhaili, Abdulmain Jamasali and Milding Amil,” Orbita told The Manila Times.
It was not immediately known who shot the civilians, but marine posts are near civilian areas in Patikul, a stronghold of the ASG. There was no statement from the local mayor about the attack or why the military failed to detect the rebel assault.
The ASG, founded in 1991 by Ustadz Abdurajak Janjalani in Basilan province, has been blamed for the spate of terrorism and ransom kidnappings in Mindanao. Many of its members now are young sons and relatives of original Abu Sayyaf members who have been fighting for a separate Islamic state in the country.