2 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/October 23) – Two soldiers were wounded in a clash with suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits as the military operations continue in the hinterlands of Sulu, a top military official disclosed.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, said the firefight broke out around 2:10 p.m. Thursday in Sitio Kaupitan, Barangay Tugas, Patikul, Sulu.

Arrojado identified the wounded soldiers as TSgt. Nicar Escarola and Pfc. Cellito Carag, who sustained shrapnel wounds in the left shoulder and legs, respectively.

He said troops from the 1st Scout Ranger Company and 16th Special Forces Company were on combat operation when they clashed with Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan in Sitio Kaupitan, Barangay Tugas.

He added the 10th and 12th Scout Ranger Companies of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion clashed with another group of Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Radullan Sahiron in Sitio Tubalon, Barangay Kabuntakas, Patikul.

Arrojado said the scout rangers were reinforcing the 1st Scout Ranger Company and 16th Special Forces Company when they clashed against Sahiron’s group around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

He said troops from the 32nd Infantry Battalion and 2nd Marine Brigade were deployed to block all possible escape routes of the Abu Sayyaf.

He said all military and police outposts were ordered to conduct checkpoints to intercept the fleeing bandits and their casualties. (MindaNews)