AFP probe on Basilan clash ends

October 28, 2011 10:45 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 28 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Friday ended its investigation on the clash between government troops and suspected elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Al Barka, Basilan early this month.

But AFP public affairs office (PAO)head Col. Arnulfo Burgos said the contents of the investigation would not be disclosed to the public due to (national) security reasons.

Burgos said the board of inquiry, headed by AFP Inspector General Maj. Gen. Irineo Espino, would submit the board's findings and recommendations to Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Oban on Saturday.

The clash left 19 soldiers, including four junior officers, dead and 14 others wounded. Nine members of the armed group were also killed in the Oct. 18 clash. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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