Army soldiers in Mindanao. (JEOFFREY MAITEM/INQUIRER MINDANAO)

Army troopers in Mindanao. (JEOFFREY MAITEM/INQUIRER MINDANAO)

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The army is tight-lipped over one other conflict in which two children was caught in the crossfire in Tongkil city in Sulu on March 14.

The Western Mindanao Command declined to touch upon the wounding of a 5-yr previous boy and a 13-year previous lady throughout a conflict between troopers and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Tongkil.

Supt. Nonito Asdai, chief of Zamboanga City Police Station 6, earlier confirmed the presence of the 2 children in a hospital right here.

“They suffered bullet wounds so we immediately investigated this knowing that they are civilians from Sulu,” he stated.

“At first, we thought there were wounded Abu Sayyaf, until we made our own investigation,” Asdai stated.

“They were caught in the middle of a crossfire. The guardian of the two children said there was a military encounter and the bandits fled toward their direction. Pursuing government troopers ran in the direction of the bandits thus hitting the children,” he added.

Military officers refused to touch upon the skirmish, however the Joint Task Force Sulu’s Facebook account stated an Abu Sayyaf sub-chief, a sure Basing, was killed in Barangay Bangalao on March 14.

There was no point out of children being wounded.

Col. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS), in an announcement posted on Facebook, lauded the items who have been capable of kill Basing.

“Let me reiterate that JTFS is doing our best effort to protect civilians from the threat of terrorist ASG and so we urge civilians not to coddle terrorist ASG but to inform the authority about their location,” Sobejana stated.

In press briefing on Monday afternoon, Senior Supt. Luisito Magnaye, town police chief, stated the wounded have been “children of the Abu Sayyaf.”

On March eight, two children have been killed in an operation in opposition to the Abu Sayyaf in Tabuan Lasa city in Basilan.

Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command, had apologized for the deaths.

“I feel very bad until now. I am really very sorry over the two. They were caught in the crossfire,” Galvez stated.

The fundamental goal in the Tabuan Lasa raid was Mubin Kulin alias Mulawin, a cousin of Abu Sayyaf chief Isnilon Hapilon and who was additionally liable for a number of kidnapping.

Two different adults have been killed — Hadji Billamin Hassan and Nuruddin Musaddul Muhlis.  SFM

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Source: inquirer

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