2 Abu Sayyaf Group bandits killed, 3 soldiers wounded in Sulu encounter

TWO members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed while a sub-leader was missing and three soldiers were wounded in an encounter the other day in Patikul Sulu.

This was confirmed yesterday by Lt.Col. Gerald Monfort, spokeman of Joint Task Force Sulu.

Monfort identified the slain bandits as Barak Ingog, one of the facilitators of Jolo Cathedral twin bombings and Nasser Sawadjaan, nephew of ASG leader Harib Hajan Sawadjaan.

Monfort said, AFP intelligence units received reports that a high value ASG sub leader was missing and was presumed dead by the ASG bandits themselves .

The wounded soldiers were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Reports reaching Camp. Aguinaldo showed the encounter occurred at around 3:45 p.m. at Barangay Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu.

Accordingly, elements of 41st Infantry Battalion were conducting an intensified patrol operation in the area when they encountered 40 ASG members under Almujer Yada.

The firefight lasted for 50 minutes and resulted in the killing of two bandits and wounding of three soldiers.

The terrorists left the bodies of their.slain comrades.

Troops conducting clearing operation in the encounter site recovered one M16 rifle and numerous personal belongings of the terrorists.

It was.learned that the soldiers were hit by 40mm grenade shrapnels.

They were immediately evacuated to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for treatment.

BGen. Divino Rey Pabayo Jr., Commander of JTF Sulu lauded the troops for their successful operation.

Meanwhile, two notorious members of ASG surrendered to the Philippine Army (PA) the other day in Patikul, Sulu.

Monfort identified those who decided to return to the fold of the law as Nidsmar I. Annudin amd Limo O Ammad.

Annudin and Ammad surrendered to the 2nd Special Forces Battalion of Philippine Army.

They also handed over one M16 rifle and one M1 Garand rifle to Col. Antonio G. Nafarrete, commander of 101st Infantry Brigade.

The surrenderers were brought to KHTB Station Hospital for medical check-up and for custodial debriefing at Headquarters JTF Sulu.