Two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits were killed while another one was wounded as military units mortared an encampment of the brigands in Patikul, Sulu Tuesday morning. The incident took place at 5 a.m. at the vicinity of Tanum and Sandah, Patikul town, Joint Task Group Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado said.
Military units were conducting clearing operations when they spotted the ASG encampment sheltering the wounded bandits.
Last week, around 20 ASG bandits were killed in the focused military operations which also led to the recovery of the two abducted Philippine Coast Guard members.
At this point, troopers from the 35th Infantry Battalion requested mortar support which was promptly delivered, killing two ASG bandits and wounding one.
The slain brigands were identified as Emmar Jawhari, a resident of Kanjimao, and Naser Muhammad, of Barangay Kabuntakas.
Wounded was Ammel Madjid, a resident of Kantitap.
These bandits casualties were reportedly under ASG sub-leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.
The captured ASG camp is capable of sheltering 100 bandits. Recovered from it were one link of M-60 light machine ammunition, personal belongings and one memory card reportedly with high intelligence value.