3 killed, 1 injured in Sayyaf attack amid Eid’l Adha celeb

As the Muslim community celebrates Eid’l Adha, or the feast of sacrifice, the Abu Sayyaf Group faithlessly killed 3 and injured 1 in Barangay Kagay, Talipao, Sulu at 8:45am today, August 12, 2019.

While traversing the Patikul-Talipao road onboard a motorcycle, two government troopers (1 army from the 2nd Special Forces Battalion and 1 Cafgu Active Auxillary), were fired upon by an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf that resulted in their instantaneous death.

The incident further resulted in the wounding of 2 innocent children, ages 2 and 11, who were rushed to the Integrated Provincial Health Office for immediate medical attention. However, due to the severity of injury incurred, the 2-year-old child passed away at 12:56pm while the 11-year-old student of Barangay Kagay Elementary School is still in an unstable condition as of this report.

The Joint Task Force Sulu immediately dispatched troops to assist the family of the innocent children.

“We are deeply saddened by this very unfortunate incident that killed two of our valiant personnel and an innocent child,” said Major General Corleto Vinluan, Jr., the JTF Sulu Commander.

“We assure the families and friends of the victims that the JTF Sulu will do our best to ensure that the perpetrators of this treacherous act will be brought to justice. This blatant disregard for the spirit of Islamic festivities is a clear disrespect of the Islam teachings. We appeal to the entire Tausug Community not to succumb to the ASG’s desperate move of sowing fear among our people. Hence, I urge the peace-loving Tausug people to strongly condemn this un-Islamic and treacherous act of the ASG,” Vinluan added.

Meanwhile, the relatives of the victims and the Suluanos community expressed their willingness to assist the law enforcers in tracking down the ASG and signified their commitment to hunt down ASG members entering their communities.

“We deeply condemn this very deceitful act of the Abu Sayyaf, who do not in any way represent the Islamic way of living,” Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom Commander said.

“We would like to extend our sympathy to the bereaved families of the victims of the Sayyafs inhumane act. Rest assured all sorts of assistance will be provided as our simple way of commisseration,” Lt. Gen Sobejana added.

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