Military troops rescued two Indonesian hostages following a gunfight that neutralized three Abu Sayyaf militants in the seawaters off Simisa Island in Banguingui, Sulu this afternoon, April 5.
Troops from the Philippine Marine Ready Fleet Sulu rescued Indonesian captives Heri Ardiansyah and Hariadin after engaging three Abu Sayyaf militants under Najir Arik at 5:45pm today.
Hariadin, however, died due to drowning.
The Joint Task Force Sulu said the engaged militants and the captives tried to swim across the channel towards Bangalao Island to escape from the pursuing troops when they were spotted by the roving sea patrols.
Troops pursue Abu Sayyaf militants trapped on Simisa Island.
The 10-minute gun battle further resulted in the deaths of three Abu Sayyaf militants and the seizure of several high-powered firearms, including two M14 rifles, two M16 rifles, and an M203 Grenade Launcher.
The two captives will be brought to the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command in Camp Navarro, this city.
Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, WestMinCom chief, said, “Marine troops constrict Abu Sayyaf’s movement with the all-out offensives launched to pound terrorists on said island.”