Soldiers clash with ASG in Patikul; 1 soldier killed, 3 wounded

Published February 14, 2019, 5:49 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Francis Wakefield

A soldier was killed while three others were wounded following an armed confrontation between government troops and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Patikul, Sulu on Thursday, February 14.

Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) Chief Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, disclosed that troops pursuing evading members of the Abu Sayyaf, engaged them in a 20-minute gunfight in Patikul, Sulu.

Soldiers of the 6th Special Forces Battalion clashed with the militants while launching their offensives in Barangay Igasan at around 11:30 a.m.

A soldier, whose name has been withheld pending notification of his family, was killed in the armed confrontation while two others were also hurt.

Troops promptly extricated the wounded and transported them to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Hospital in Bus-bus, Jolo, Sulu.

Dela Vega said immediate assistance will be provided to the battle casualties.

“As we speak, military troops are in pursuit of the evading militants. Ground units are also prepositioned to deliver fire support and block withdrawal routes of the militants,” Dela Vega said.

“Our tactical and intelligence operations targeting the neutralization of the militants and the penetration of the enemy’s strategic strongholds will be bolstered,” he added.

Dela Vega, at the same time, said that they will relentlessly pursue the Abu Sayyaf fighters, weaken their will to fight, and crush groups propagating terrorism in Mindanao. (Francis T. Wakefield)