ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) –Government troops captured an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandit following a clash in Sulu province, officials said Friday.
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) commander, said Thursday’s firefight in Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu, broke out when the Army’s Sixth Special Forces Battalion (6th SFB) chanced upon a group of ASG bandits while on patrol in the village.
Vinluan said the ASG bandits fled following a 10-minute firefight but one of them, identified as Amah Ullah, sustained wounds and was captured as the troops pursued the fleeing bandits.
Based on the troops’ accounts, Vinluan said Ullah was determined to fight up to the last breath, and urged the soldiers to kill him.
The soldiers, however, applied first aid on the wounded bandit before he was brought to Camp Gen. Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for medical treatment.
Lt. Col. Rafael Caido, commander of the 6th Special Forces Battalion, said Ullah was the uncle and adviser of Basaron Arok, an emerging ASG sub-leader.
Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, JTF Sulu commander, said: “The Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu continues to abide by the rules of engagement and maintain professionalism in instances such as this. We make it a point that even captured enemies are treated humanely. We provide them medical treatment if they need it. Hopefully, Amah Ullah will come to his senses and cooperatively aid in our pursuit of peace here in Sulu.” said.