2 Sayyafs slain, 2 hurt in Sulu clash

Two Abu Sayyaf militants were slain while two more were wounded in a gunfight with military troops in Sulu this morning (February 21).

Operating troops of the 41st Infantry Battalion encountered more or less eight Abu Sayyaf militants in Sitio Tubig Amu, Barangay Tanum, Patikul, Sulu at around 11am today.

Said gunfight resulted in deaths of two Abu Sayyaf militants and wounding of two others, based on information coming from the populace.

“Troops are presently scouring the encounter site and will pursue the fleeing enemy,” said Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, the Joint Task Force Sulu Commander.

Troops delivered 105mm and 81mm rounds at Luba Hill of said barangay, where the Abu Sayyaf members are suspected to have fled.

“Military troops are closing in on evading Abu Sayyaf militants and are gaining a foothold with the sustained conduct of tactical offensives and intelligence operations being launched in the hinterlands of Sulu,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

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