5 soldiers, 3 militiamen wounded in Basilan ambush

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Five soldiers and three militiamen were injured in an ambush perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province, officials reported Thursday.

Army’s 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer-in-Charge Captain Franco Suelto said the Army and militia forces were traversing Barangay Sungkayut to Barangay Bohe-Suyak, Ungkaya Pukan town when ambushed by the Abu Sayyaf bandits around 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

The troopers were waylaid while they were on the way to provide security to an ongoing government project in the area.

Suelto said the bandits led by Puruji Indama also set off an improvised explosive device fashioned out as landmine.

Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade commander Colonel Rolando Joselito Bautista said the soldiers stood ground and repelled the Abu Sayyaf brigands following a 15-minute firefight.

Army officials did not release the identities of the wounded troopers and militiamen.

Bautista said the wounded were airlifted to a military hospital in this city. (Sunnex)

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