Abu Sayyaf militants killed nine folks and wounded 16 in an early morning attack on a Basilan village as we speak (Monday, August 21).
At least 20 Abu Sayyaf fighters opened hearth on villagers and burned 5 homes and a village corridor within the attack on Tubigan village in Maluso city. Among the useless have been villagers and a militiaman.
Government militiamen have been taken unawares by the daybreak attack however later rallied to drive the attackers away after two hours of heavy combating.
The militants fled and at the moment are being pursued by authorities forces.
“Abu Sayyaf must have been hit hard by our operations over the weekend and opted to attack communities which they know are not supportive of them,” Basilan navy commander Colonel Juvymax Uy mentioned.
Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman condemned the attack, saying the militants needed to divert the navy’s focus from an ongoing offensive by attacking even youngsters, girls and the aged.
“They are cowards because they couldn’t face their military adversaries,” he added.
Troops continued a month-long offensive over the weekend, seizing two Abu Sayyaf camps close to Akbar city. Nine bombs and bomb supplies have been recovered by troops.
Troops killed three militants and wounded 5 others in a fire-fight close to Akbar yesterday.
Troops additionally rescued a kidnapped Vietnamese sailor yesterday after nine months of captivity.
Do Trung Hieu was certainly one of six Vietnamese crew members of a ship who have been kidnapped close to Sibago island off Basilan final November.
One Vietnamese escaped from the Abu Sayyaf in June however two others have been discovered beheaded final month in Basilan.
Abu Sayyaf gunmen are nonetheless holding 14 foreigners and 4 Filipinos.