Troops overrun Sayyaf lair, neutralize militant in Basilan

Military troops overran a lair of the Abu Sayyaf and neutralized a militant in a ferocious gunfight in Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan yesterday, March 19.

Soldiers identified the slain enemy as Adam Asarakil, alias Abu Malik, listed as a follower of Abu Sayyaf leader Furidji Indama.

Asarakil died in the gunfight with military troops that ensued at 8:30am yesterday in Barangay Bohe Pahu.

After militants retreated, at 8:35am yesterday, engaged troops scoured the area and discovered two makeshifts built by the enemies.

Combat troops from 18th Infantry Battalion pursued the evading militants.

Soldiers further discovered an enemy camp that can accommodate 15 persons. Troops also recovered an M16 rifle left by militants in the area.

“Ground troops are determined to hunt militants and penetrate enemy lairs, taking prudent actions to neutralize terrorists in Basilan,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

“Tactical offensives will continue to crush terrorists and maintain internal security in the province,” he added.

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