While acting on a report received, troops of the Alpha Company of the 68th Infantry Battalion encountered more or less 15 Abu Sayyaf Group members in Barangay Calang Canas, Maluso, Basilan Province at wee hours of October 15, 2019.
“The troops were acting on a report received from a reliable source regarding the plan of Furuji Indama’s group to create havoc in our area of operation,” said Brig. Gen. Fernando Reyeg, Commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan.
Heavy firefight ensued that lasted for more or less 30 minutes after which the enemies withdrew bringing along their casualties with them.
While scouring the encounter site, operating troops together with K9 personnel recovered six Improvised Explosive Devices about to be laid along the Basilan Circumferential Road. Blood stains of enemy casualties are also noticeable in the area.
“We are grateful for we incurred no casualty during the operation and we were able to secure the IEDs and foil the bomb plot of the enemies,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom commander.
Troops are still in pursuit of the fleeing enemies while the IEDS were turned over to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team for proper disposition.
“The successful recovery of the IEDs is attributed to the concerned citizen who provided the information, to the local government units of Basilan, and to our gallant soldiers who are always steadfast in accomplishing their mission,” added Lt. Gen. Sobejana.