Monday, March 19, 2012

Troops capture Abu Sayyaf camp; 6 terrorist killed

MANILA, Philippines - At least six suspected Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in an encounter with Army troops, who dismantled a terrorist camp in the outskirts of Sumisip town in Basilan late Friday afternoon.

 A soldier was also killed while several others were wounded. 

Col. Ramon Yogyog, ground commander of the troops, said the relatives of three of the slain Abu Sayyaf militants identified them as Aminin Baliyung, Obin Nasiral and Ambocoy Baliyung.

“The three other unidentified Abu Sayyaf militants were buried in Tumahubong in accordance with the Muslim burial rites,” Yogyog said. 

He said local officials of Sumisip are trying to recover the body of another militant in Barangay Pansul Baseh. 

Yogyog said the terrorist camp is composed of 23 structures, which are secured not only by snipers but also by improvised high-explosive devices rigged around its premises.

The Abu Sayyaf is reportedly preparing the new camp, which can house 70 to 100 persons, to train its new recruits.

 The military has deployed additional troops in Basilan to conduct an all-out operation against lawless groups behind the killing of 19 soldiers last year.

Jaime Laude | The Philippine Star | March 18, 2012 | Article Link