Troops recover Sayyaf’s remains, rifle after gun fight in Basilan

Sporadic gunfights between military troops and 10 Abu Sayyaf members under Furudji Indama led to the death of a militant and the seizure of a high-powered firearm in Basilan this morning, March 19.

Soldiers from 18th Infantry Battalion exchanged fire with said terrorists in Barangay Bohe Pahu, Ungkaya Pukan at 8:15am today.

Engaged troops scoured the area and retrieved an enemy’s cadaver and an M16 rifle from the encounter site, according to Colonel Fernando Reyeg, Joint Task Force Basilan Commander.

At 8:30am today, soldiers from 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion heavily engaged seven Abu Sayyaf militants under Indama in Barangay Bohe Pahu.

Said armed confrontation ensued for five minutes with no casualty reported on the government side.

Military troops scour the area and launch their combat operations to neutralize Abu Sayyaf militants in the province.

“We commit to sustain our campaign against terrorism that derails peace and development in the area of operations. Hitherto, we work hard to crumble terrorists and to address security threats by intensifying our offensives and by involving stakeholders and the people of Mindanao,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of Western Mindanao Command.

“All these operational accomplishments we achieved because we had the support of our peace partners and, ultimately, the people of Mindanao,” he added.

“We will continue to protect the people with integrity, upholding their rights and interests, as their true servants,” said the WestMinCom chief.

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