Government troops shell Sayyaf base

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government troops shelled a jungle encampment of the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province on Monday, forcing militants to flee the assault.

Marine Captain Maria Rowena Muyuela, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command, on Tuesday said the operation against Abu Sayyaf is continuing in the town of Patikul, a known stronghold of the militant group linked by authorities to al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiya.

“Due to its proximity to feeder road and trails, it was also being utilized as a staging and rendezvous area before and after their conduct of atrocities like kidnapping. By employing a well directed mortar fires, the Marines were able to force the Abu Sayyaf to abandon the camp and withdraw towards different directions,” she told The Manila Times.

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