Intensified operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists have so far killed six of the brigands in Basilan and Sulu Friday.
These claims are supported by body counts as remains of the slain bandits were recovered by troops, said Western Mindanao Command (WMC) spokesperson Major Filemon Tan.
Operations conducted by Joint Task Force Basilan resulted in the killing of two ASG members under Radzmil Jannatul alias Khubayb, and a certain Guro Arah at Hill 490 in Barangay Poblacion, Tipo-Tipo at around 6:30 a.m.Friday.
Recovered from the encounter scene were two bodies and .50 caliber heavy machine gun.
In the clash, nine soldiers were wounded and airlifted to the Camp Navarro General Hospital, Zamboanga City.
In Sulu, four ASG bandits under Alden Bagadi alias Sayning, were killed following the intensified conduct of focused military operations in Barangay Langpas, Indanan at 8:50 a.m. also this Friday
Close air support were provided to the engaged troops.
This operation also recovered the remains of the four enemy dead
On the government side, two soldiers were slightly wounded and were promptly extricated by augmenting troops to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista, in Jolo for treatment and are now in stable condition.
Pursuit operations are still ongoing as of this posting.
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