Four killed, seven injured in Basilan ambush

April 5, 2012 9:11 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 5 -– Four people, including three militiamen and an Abu Sayyaf bandit, were killed while seven others were wounded in an ambush in the hinterlands of the nearby province of Basilan, the police reported Thursday.

The Basilan Police Provincial Office (BPPO) reported that the ambush took place around 5:45 a.m. Thursday at Block 29, Barangay Tumahubong, Sumisip, Basilan province.

The police said the militiamen were conducting patrol at the plantation of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative (TARBIDC) when a group of Abu Sayyaf bandits ambushed them.

A firefight ensued when the militiamen have managed to return fire, killing one of the Abu Sayyaf bandits, the police said.

The police identified the slain militiamen as Nolmer Lumbos, Nusaman Hatulla and Hasan Manjapal.

The slain bandit was only identified as a certain Bakrim, a follower of Nadzmir Janatul, who is an associate of Abu Sayyaf leader Furuiji Indama, the police said.

The wounded militiamen were identified as Bonifacio Masyon, Reynaldo Pia, Alihol Bistanul, Pangamdas Mujib, Munap Saalul, Ahmad Ibrahim, and Lucman Unzah.

Troops from the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion led by Lt. Col. Armand Arevalo have launched a pursuit operations against the Abu Sayyaf bandits who fled to the hinterlands. (PNA) DCT/TPG/mec


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