Security forces capture ASG member in Sulu firefight

The government troops have captured a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as firefight broke out Thursday while the focus military operations (FMO) continue in the hinterlands of Sulu. Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, said the firefight broke out around 2 p.m. Thursday in Sitio Cabun Nyog, Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul.

Arrojado, who is also the Army’s 501st Infantry Brigade commander, said the troops of the Bravo and Charlie Companies under the 35th Infantry Battalion clashed with at least 20 ASG brigands while scouring Sitio Cabun Nyog, Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul town.

Arrojado did not release the identity of member of the ASG who was captured in a firefight that lasted for around 10 minutes. He said the rest of the ASG brigands fled to different directions. The troops fired artillery rounds towards the withdrawal paths of the brigands.

He said troops from the Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion and 4th Scout Ranger Battalion established blocking positions against the fleeing ASG brigands.

The Joint Task Group Sulu launched the FMO targeting the senior leaders of the ASG brigands and their foreign cohorts in the province of Sulu.