Gov’t troops repel Abu Sayyaf attack in Sulu

November 2, 2009 10:52 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov. 3 — The government security forces have repelled an attack staged by the Abu Sayyaf bandits in the island province of Sulu Monday, a military official said Tuesday.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman Maj. Ramon David Hontiveros said that two marine troops were slightly wounded when they stood firm on their positions and fought back the attackers.

Hontiveros said the Abu Sayyaf bandits were forced to withdraw dragging their casualties following a five-minute firefight that took place in Sitio Talatak, Barangay Bato-Bato, Indanan, Sulu.

Hontiveros said the marine troops were manning an observation post in Sitio Talatak, Barangay Bato-Bato when attacked by the Abu Sayyaf bandits around 2:45 p.m. Monday.

“The firefight lasted for about five minutes and the terrorists (Abu Sayyafs) were forced to withdraw dragging their numerous casualties,” he said.

“Our brave marines suffered only two slightly wounded (soldiers) and they are currently conducting clearing operations,” he added.

The identities of the wounded marine soldiers were withheld but said they were brought to the Trauma Hospital at Camp Bautista in Jolo town, the capital of Sulu province.

The government forces have strengthened the security measures following the series of atrocities perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu. (PNA)

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