PAF helis assault Abu Sayyaf with machineguns

Philippine Air Force conducted air assaults against the Abu Sayyaf Friday night. “The three Abu Sayyaf groups of around 200 men were consolidating in the area when our attack helicopters hit them at about 9:30 p.m.,” Joint Task Group Sulu (JTGS) commander Col. Allan Arrojado said over the weekend.

Arrojado confirmed one casualty from the rebel group. Sabri Modja body’s was monitored to be brought to his family in Brgy. Bud Bunga in Talipao town.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has been conducting ground and air attacks since last week.

“Aside from our continuing ground operations, our intent in launching the air strike is to keep them running in order to deny them their good night’s sleep which we hope would result to the lowering of their guard to pave the way for us to launch decisive ground engagement with no collateral damage,” Col. Arrojado said.

The military is yet to provide a complete report regarding the said assault last Friday night.

Son of an Abu Sayyaf senior leader was reportedly killed during an airstrike mission conducted morning of Saturday last week, November 1. The Philippine Air Force conducted strikes using MG520 light attack helicopters which led to the killing of Uran Jawhari in Patikul.