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An Abu Sayyaf member and a government soldier were killed while at least two other bandits and one trooper were injured in a clash in Sumisip, Basilan, early Friday, the military said.

Killed were one soldier and an Abu Sayyaf member identified as Samir Balaman, said Lieutenant Colonel Eliglen Villaflor, commander of the Army’s 4th Special Forces Battalion (4th SFB).

Elements of the 4th SFB were conducting operations 7:50 a.m. Friday when they encountered Abu Sayyaf members led by Pasil Bayali and Radzmil Janatul in Sitio Penas, Brgy. Upper Benengbengan, Villaflor said in a statement.

The bandits, numbering around 15, engaged troopers in a 15-minute firefight before they withdrew, Lieutenant Sally Christine Magno, Armed Forces Joint Task Group-Basilan spokesperson, said in a text message.

Two soldiers were initially wounded in the fighting.

“One is now in stable condition while the other perished during medical evacuation,” Villaflor said. He declined to name the two until their families are informed.

Villaflor said several Abu Sayyaf members were wounded. Magno said field reports indicated that at least two bandits were hurt.

The clash occurred a week after suspected Abu Sayyaf members detonated an improvised bomb at the boundary of nearby Tipo-Tipo and Ungkaya Pukan towns on Aug. 7, killing two soldiers.

Both casualties were part of a team tasked to provide route security for military convoys and commuters passing the area, according to the AFP Joint Task Force Zambasulta.

Bayali and Janatul’s group is responsible for the recent IED attacks which targetted military troops and civillian construction companies along the Basilan Circumfirential Road, as well as the destruction of the Maluso Water System which had left local residents waterless for three days at the start of Ramadan, Villaflor said.

Combat operations are being conducted to “clear Sumisip of Abu Sayyaf presence, which has been hampering socio-economic activities and threatening lives,” Magno said.

Troops have been sent to pursue the bandits who were encountered Friday, she said. (John Roson)

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An Abu Sayyaf member was killed when the bandit group clashed with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and government troops who provided reinforcement, in Sumisip, Basilan, on Saturday, the military said.

This developed after security forces expressed disappointment over the MILF’s involvement in a clash that resulted in the death of 44 members of the National Police’s Special Action Force (SAF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on January 25.

Members of the MILF encountered about 50 Abu Sayyaf members in Brgy. Pamatsaken around 10 a.m., said 1Lt. Sally Christine Magno, civil-military operations officer of the Army’s 104th Brigade.

Upon learning the incident, the 64th Infantry Battalion sent three platoons of soldiers and armored vehicles “to reinforce the beleaguered MILF members,” Magno said.

The troops proceeded to the encounter site with Brgy. Central chairman Marjim Barillo and other MILF members, she said.

The Abu Sayyaf members, led by sub-commanders Radzmil Jannatul, Juhaibel Alamsirul, and Pasil Bayali, withdrew towards Brgy. Baiwas, apparently sensing the large strength of the reinforcing troops and MILF, Magno said.

Members of the 64th IB then transported MILF member Sahid Liberal alias “Balinting,” who was wounded in the clash, to his relatives and later to Basilan Community Hospital in Isabela City, she said.

Other soldiers and some MILF members, meanwhile, pursued the Abu Sayyaf and cleared encampments and a jungle base of the bandits between Pamatsaken and Baiwas.

“It was reported that one Abu Sayyaf bandit was killed during the encounter,” Magno said.

The killing of SAF troopers in Mamasapano, which came shortly after a raid where the police commandos killed Malaysian terror suspect Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, raised questions on the MILF’s sincerity in the peace deal it signed with the government in March 2014.

National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina publicly criticized the involved Muslim rebels for the “overkill.”

The death of the SAF troopers also fueled talk of a rift between the PNP and Armed Forces which, some say, failed to reinforce the beleaguered policemen in their time of need.

Both the PNP and AFP have denied that such a rift exists, but only after military officials said the SAF failed to coordinate its mission and sacked SAF commander Director Getulio Napenas claimed otherwise.

President Benigno Aquino, in a televised speech on Friday, warned that it will be more dangerous for the country if the PNP and AFP were to clash.

The President, in what was seen by observers as a move to douse the “rift” issue between the PNP and AFP, vowed to pursue justice for the slain police commandos and warned that the combined strength of both agencies will be used to “run over” those who will again attack security forces who are performing their duty. (John Roson)

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Three Abu Sayyaf members were killed while six others were injured as government troops assaulted a lair of the bandits in Sumisip, Basilan, the military said Wednesday.

“Air strikes were also conducted early Wednesday to support troops who are still pursuing the bandits,” Armed Forces spokesman Colonel Restituto Padilla said in a text message.

On Tuesday, elements of the Army’s 104th Brigade encountered about 50 Abu Sayyaf members under sub-leader Radzmil Jannatul and Juhaivel Alamsirul.

Soldiers engaged the bandits in three firefights in Brgys. Pamatsaken and Baiwas, Padilla said.

The first clash erupted in Pamatsaken around 11 a.m. and lasted 15 minutes.

Another skirmish erupted shortly before 1 p.m., when Abu Sayyaf snipers fired at soldiers conducting clearing operations in Baiwas.

“Troops conducted counter-sniping operations and inched their way to clearing the area,” Colonel Rolando Bautista, commander of the 104th Brigade, said in a statement.

The third skirmish started past 1:30 p.m., with Jannatul and Alamsirul’s followers joining forces to fight government troopers.

The clash with the combined forces of Jannatul and Alamsirul, who were responsible for an ambush that left six soldiers dead last November, lasted for about two hours, Bautista said.

Soldiers employed close-air and indirect fire support to force the bandits to withdraw to the west, he said.

“As of [Wednesday], the reported Abu Sayyaf casualty coming from different sources is three killed and six wounded, with no casualty on the government side. Troops are still pursuing the withdrawing bandits,” Padilla said.

Earlier this week, the Joint Task Force Zambasulta thru Joint Task Group Basilan launched an operation in Sumisip, targetting Abu Sayyaf leaders.

The operation, dubbed as “Operation: Fortis et Liber,” is part of the Western Mindanao Command’s campaign to clear the Abu Sayyaf’s “area of influence,” Padilla said. (John Roson)

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Authorities arrested an alleged Abu Sayyaf sub-leader implicated in various crimes during an operation in Sumisip, Basilan, on Tuesday, a military official said.

Imran Daiyong Mijal, an alleged leader of the Abu Sayyaf’s “urban terrorist group,” was arrested after a brief gunfight in Brgy. Marang-marang, around 5:20 p.m, said Lieutenant Colonel Eliglen Villaflor, commander of the Army’s 4th Special Forces Battalion (SFB).

Elements of the 4th SFB apprehended Mijal on a warrant of arrest for frustrated murder, in coordination with the 64th Infantry Battalion and the Sumisip Police, Villaflor said in a statement.

Mijal, who uses the alias Boh, is also known to have participated in bombings, liquidations, kidnappings, ambuscades, and extortion, the military official said.

While troops were serving the warrant, Mijal resisted by firing his high-powered firearm so soldiers retaliated, Villaflor said.

Mijal was apprehended after he suffered a bullet wound to the right arm and was given first aid, he said.

Soldiers recovered from Mijal an M16-A1 rifle with one magazine and 48 rounds of ammunition, a rifle grenade, a caliber-.45 pistol, four more magazines, and 23 more rounds of ammunition. (John Roson)

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Three suspected Abu Sayyaf members were killed while four soldiers were injured when government troops figured in heavy fighting with a large number of bandits in Sumisip, Basilan, on Tuesday, the military said.

Members of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion clashed with about 100 Abu Sayyaf members and other lawless elements, Capt. Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said.

The soldiers were conducting security operations at Sitio Baag, Brgy. Guiong, around 11 a.m. when they encountered the bandits, who were led by unknown leader, he said.

Firefight lasted four about two hours and the engaged troops were provided air and artillery support, Caber said.

The military has yet to release the names of those were injured and killed in the clash as of this writing. (John Roson)

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The military plans to send more troops to Basilan in the next few days to run after Abu Sayyaf members and other lawless elements involved in several incidents that have already left more than 20 people dead this month.

“Ang plano namin is to move in more troops, in the coming days magmo-move kami immediately ng one infantry battalion doon,” Maj. Gen. Rainier Cruz, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said in a phone interview.

A battalion, in military parlance, comprises about 500 soldiers. The 64th Infantry Battalion (64th IB) is expected to arrive in Basilan next week from Lanao del Sur, Cruz said.

Aside from the 64th IB, another battalion will be sent to Basilan next month to replace a unit there, he said.

Cruz made the remarks a day after members of the Army’s elite Scout Rangers figured in clashes with Abu Sayyaf members and other lawless elements in Sumisip.

19 dead in clashes

The clashes left 10 dead and 17 wounded soldiers, Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao Command, said.

Nine have been confirmed killed and at least seven were wounded among the “lawless elements,” he said.

Major Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesman, identified the slain soldiers as Pfc. Segundiano Tamayo Jr., Pfc. Rey Evangelista, Pfc. Arnold Coresis, Pfc. Cleto Algayan, Pfc. Kennith John Maribao, Pfc. Jose Marvin Talamante, Pfc. Mark Ocampo, Pfc. Arwin Martinez, Cpl. Jerry Areglado, and Pfc. Erwin Alerta.

Fatalities on the enemy side were identified as Ustadz Hassan Asnawi, his son Jumaidi Asnawi, Nurham Asnawi, Juhair Aliman, Kaobut Mastul, Hudjata Marain, Meloy Patpi, a certain Balong, and a still unidentified man from Tumahubong.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and AFP chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa visited the wounded soldiers at the Zamboanga Hospital and Camp Navarro Station Hospital, AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said.

Families of the slain and wounded troopers will be given assistance, he said.

Four officers, who are among the wounded, opted to stay in Basilan to join pursuit operations once they have recovered, Burgos said.

Lapses seen

Cruz said the troops may have committed lapses during the clashes, hence the big number of casualties.

“Na-underestimate natin ‘yung capability ng kabila. Number one, Ramadan hindi dapat sila nago-operate pero medyo mas malaki ang tropa nila at saka may kaunting lapses tayo dun sa ambush,” he said.

The troops faced more than 100 lawless elements, Burgos said.

Earlier, 1st ID spokesman Capt. Albert Caber said two soldiers were killed when Abu Sayyaf members ambushed members of the 10th Scout Ranger Company and 32nd Infantry Battalion.

The troops were attacked around 3 p.m. while on the way to reinforce a detachment in Brgy. Upper Cabengbeng, which the bandits “harassed” an hour earlier, he said.

Operation deliberate

Cruz said Thursday’s clashes resulted from an operation purposely launched against those who ambushed a truck of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative (Tarbidc) last July 11. The ambush left six people dead and 22 others injured.

“Para matapos na ‘yung problema natin dito, hinanap nung tropa saka nung mga Tarbidc ‘yung pinanggagalingan ng problema dun sa pag-ambush sa kanila, so dun nga sa Upper Cabengbeng nakita,” he said.

“Itong mga ito yung nagnanakaw ng mga rubber sap sa rubber plantation ng Tarbidc. Combination ito ng Abu Sayyaf saka lawless elements na gustong makalibre ng product nung rubber trees doon,” Cruz said. (John Roson)

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(Update) Twelve government soldiers and at least five Abu Sayyaf members were killed in several hours of fighting in Sumisip, Basilan, Thursday, military officials said.

Major Gen. Rainier Cruz, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said a clash erupted around 7:30 a.m. while members of the 11th Scout Ranger Company (11th SRC) were conducting operations in Brgy. Upper Cabengbeng.

Fifty members of the 11th SRC, led by Capt. Rholie Villaluna, encountered an undetermined number of fully-armed men, Cruz said.

Capt. Albert Caber, spokesman of the 1st ID, said the armed men are the same ones who ambushed a truck of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative (Tarbidc) in Brgy. Sapah Bulak, also in Sumisip, last July 11.

Six people, mostly rubber tappers, were killed and 22 others were wounded in the ambush.

Eight soldiers and Abu Sayyaf members were killed in the clash while at least 16 fighters from two sides were hurt, Caber said.

Reinforcements ambushed

Meanwhile, Caber said four more soldiers were killed and two others were wounded as Abu Sayyaf gunmen ambushed members of the 10th Scout Ranger Company and 32nd Infantry Battalion.

The soldiers were attacked around 3 p.m. while on the way to reinforce a detachment in Brgy. Upper Cabengbeng, which the bandits “harassed” around 1:30 p.m., he said.

Sporadic fighting went on after the ambush, he said, adding that the Special Forces coordinated with higher offices for the possible deployment of air assets.

The military has yet to release names of the slain soldiers, but identified the killed Abu Sayyaf gunmen as Juhair Aliman alias Botong, Kabot Mastul, Hudjata Marain alias Elong, Humaydi Ustadz Hasan, and a certain Halid.

On Wednesday morning, a group of about 20 suspected Abu Sayyaf members also attacked a patrol base of soldiers and militiamen guarding Tarbidc, in Brgy. Cabengbeng. No casualties were reported on both sides.

Major Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesman, said operations against the bandits will continue.

“We could not allow the criminals to disturb the peace, targeting innocent civilians in a mixed Muslim-Christian community in Tumahubong village. Banditry has no place in a civilized world,” he said.

Authorities said that the Abu Sayyaf’s attack on Tarbidc earlier this month was due to the co-operative’s failure to give the “protection fee” that the group was demanding. (John Roson)

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Eight government soldiers and four Abu Sayyaf members were killed in a clash in several hours of fighting in Sumisip, Basilan, Thursday, military officials said.

Three soldiers and two Abu Sayyaf members were also injured in the clash in Brgy. Upper Cabengbeng, Maj. Gen. Rainier Cruz, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said.

Capt. Albert Caber, spokesman of the 1st ID, said another soldier expired in the afternoon.

According to Cruz, 50 members of the 11th Scout Ranger Company, led by Capt. Rholie Villaluna, were conducting operations around 7:30 a.m. when they encountered an undetermined number of fully-armed men.

The armed men are the same ones who ambushed a truck of the (Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative (Tarbidc) in Brgy. Sapah Bulak, also in Sumisip, last July 11, Caber said.

Six people, mostly rubber tappers, were killed while 22 others were wounded in the ambush.

Caber said sporadic fighting was still going on in Upper Cabengbeng around 2 p.m.

“All troops were alerted for reinforcement. The Special Forces has already coordinated with higher offices for the possible deployment of air assets,” he added.

On Wednesday morning, a group of about 20 suspected Abu Sayyaf members also attacked a patrol base of soldiers and militiamen guarding Tarbidc, also in Brgy. Cabengbeng. No casualties were reported on both sides.

Major Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesman, said operations against the bandits will continue.

“We could not allow the criminals to disturb the peace, targeting innocent civilians in a mixed Muslim-Christian community in Tumahubong village. Banditry has no place in a civilized world,” he said. (John Roson)

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Abu Sayyaf members ambushed a rubber cooperative truck in Sumisip, Basilan, early Wednesday, leaving six people, mostly rubber tappers, dead and 22 others injured, authorities said.

Colonel Arthur Ang, commander of the military’s Task Force Basilan, said five of the slain were workers of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative (TARBIDC) and the sixth was a militiaman.

Twenty of the injured are also rubber tappers while the other two were members of the Special Civilian Active Auxiliary (SCAA), he said.

Five of the fatalities have been identified as SCAA member Larry Mangaran Sr., and rubber tappers Dante Binondo, Bonifacio Estequia, Albert Parang, and Loreto Jeneney Jr.

Injured were militiamen Leo Pacure and Adjad Lidjaman and TARBIDC workers including Felessimo Padlio, Roseller Timtim, Armado Polonio, Juanito Puguy, Rey Sundung, Elmer Limbin, Rogelio Mata Jr., Marlon Pungutan, Dante Jeminez, Allan Pascua, Junie Aligay, Jolly Lipapa, Renevier Rabacca, Robert Payusan, Juniver Motocan, Bonifacio Dagodog, Dennis Donaire, and Roniel Limbim.

The incident occurred around 6 a.m., while the rubber tappers and militiamen were traversing the Circumferential Road in Brgy. Sapah Bulak, on a TARBIDC truck.

“The truck was ferrying rubber tappers to a plantation when it was strafed,” Basilan provincial police director Senior Supt. Alex Lineses said.

Members of the SCAA, who were then escorting the rubber tappers, engaged the 10 fully-armed bandits in a brief firefight before the enemy withdrew, Capt. Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said.

The attackers are believed to have been led by Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Radzmil Janatol, whose group the militiamen encountered near the TARBIDC compound in Sitio Campo Dos, Brgy. Tumahubong, just on Tuesday, Caber said. (John Roson)

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