PATIKUL, Sulu: Two high-powered firearms, other war materiel, and personal belongings of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were seized by the military in Sulu on Sunday February 6.
Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) on Tuesday said army soldiers from the 6th Special Forces Battalion acted on a report of the presence of ASG personalities in Barangay Tanum, Patikul, Sulu. While operating troops were approaching, the ASG members hurriedly fled.
“I directed all military units in the area to intensify further their monitoring on the direction of the fleeing enemies and establish blockade on their possible withdrawal routes,” Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu stated.
While scouring the area, troops recovered one M14 rifle with two steel magazines, one M16 rifle with two steel magazines, 27 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 29 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, one bandolier, one solar panel, seven assorted sim card cases, one jungle hammock, one civilian backpack, one combat shirt (Phil. Marines), one poncho, one Qur’an, denatured alcohol, two combs, two scissors, nail cutter, and one face mask.
Operating troops brought the recovered items to the headquarters of the 6th SF Battalion for proper disposition.
“I commend the troops of the 6th SF Battalion for thwarting the possible terror attack of the group in the peaceful communities. I congratulate you all for this laudable accomplishment,” Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. said.
JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL