While conducting focused military operation, troops of the 9th Scout Ranger Company of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion under Captain Espiritu encountered 20 Abu Sayyaf Group members of unknown leader in Barangay Camamburingan, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan Province 10am yesterday (March 1).
Said encounter lasted for about 20 minutes, after which, the enemy withdrew towards south direction.
No casualty was reported on the government side while on the enemy side it is yet to be determined as pursuit operations are still being conducted.
“This group is trying to reorganize but it is assured that we will not allow them to do so,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Intensified operations are currently being conducted to pursue the fleeing bandits,” LtGen Dela Vega added.