ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government forces have recovered 13 high-power firearms and ammunition as law enforcement operations against the Abu Sayyaf brigands continue in the island province of Sulu, a military official announced Friday.
Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said the firearms were recovered Wednesday in Barangay Mangis, Indanan, Sulu.
Guerrero said among the firearms that were recovered by the Joint Task Group Sulu headed by Col. Alan Arrojado were the following: M-16 Armalite rifle with M-203 grenade launcher attached; one 9-mm pistol; one caliber .45 pistol; four M16 Armalite rifles; three M-14 rifles; one AK-47 assault rifle; one Barrett rifle; and, one M-4 rifle.
“Our troops continue to cordon the area to prevent extrication of lawless elements operating in Indanan, Sulu,” Guerrero said.
He said they are closely working with the police and local government units in the conduct of relentless law enforcement operations in the province of Sulu.
The law enforcement operations against the Abu Sayyaf brigands started after the release of the two German hostages. PNA