2-year old girl among 3 killed in ambush by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 August) — A two-year old girl was killed along with a soldier and a paramilitary member in an ambush by suspected Abu Sayyaf in Talipao, Sulu Monday morning, the Western Mindanao Command’s Public Information Office reported.

The report said a soldier and a paramilitary member were traveling along the Patikul-Talipao road on a motorcycle when ambushed and killed by suspected Abu Sayyaf members in Barangay Kagay, Talipao, Sulu at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, as Muslims in Sulu and the rest of the world were celebrating Eid’l Adha, the feast of the holy sacrifice.

Maj. Arvin Encinas, WestMinCom spokesperson, told MindaNews, that the two children — sisters aged 2 and 11, were on the roadside when hit by bullets from the Abu Sayyaf.

The WestMinCom report said they were rushed to the hospital but “due to the severity of injury incurred, the 2-year-old child passed away at 12:56 p.m. while the 11-year-old student of Barangay Kagay Elementary School is still in an unstable condition as of this report.” The report was emailed to reporters at 11:50 p.m. on Monday.

“We are deeply saddened by this very unfortunate incident that killed two of our valiant personnel and an innocent child,” said Major General Corleto Vinluan, Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu. Vinluan dispatched troops to assist the children’s family.

Vinluan assured the families and friends of the victims that JTF Sulu “will do our best to ensure that the perpetrators of this treacherous act will be brought to justice.”

“This blatant disregard for the spirit of Islamic festivities is a clear disrespect of the Islam teachings. We appeal to the entire Tausug Community not to succumb to the ASG’s desperate move of sowing fear among our people. Hence, I urge the peace-loving Tausug people to strongly condemn this un-Islamic and treacherous act of the ASG,” Vinluan added.

WestMinCom chief Lt. Gen. Cirilo Sobejana said they “deeply condemn this very deceitful act of the Abu Sayyaf, who do not in any way represent the Islamic way of living.”

The report said relatives of the victims and community “expressed their willingness to assist the law enforcers in tracking down the ASG and signified their commitment to hunt down ASG members entering their communities.” (MindaNews)