2 troopers, child killed, 1 hurt in ASG Sulu attack

August 13, 2019

As the Muslim community celebrates Eid’l Adha, or the feast of sacrifice, the Abu Sayyaf Group  killed 3 and injured 1 in Barangay Kagay, Talipao, Sulu at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, the Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command said yesterday.

While traversing the Patikul-Talipao road onboard a motorcycle, two government troopers (1 Army from the 2nd Special Forces Battalion and 1 Cafgu Active Auxillary), were fired upon by an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf that resulted in their instantaneous death.

The incident further resulted in the wounding of 2 innocent children, ages 2 and 11, who were rushed to the Integrated Provincial Health Office for immediate medical attention.

However, due to the severity of injury incurred, the 2-year-old child passed away at 12:56 p.m. while the 11-year-old student of Barangay Kagay Elementary School is still in an unstable condition as of this report.

The Joint Task Force Sulu immediately dispatched troops to assist the family of the innocent children.

“We are deeply saddened by this very unfortunate incident that killed two of our valiant personnel and an innocent child,” said Major General Corleto Vinluan, Jr., the Joint Task Force Sulu Commander.

“We assure the families and friends of the victims that the JTF Sulu will do our best to ensure that the perpetrators of this treacherous act will be brought to justice. This blatant disregard for the spirit of Islamic festivities is a clear disrespect of the Islam teachings. We appeal to the entire Tausug Community not to succumb to the ASG’s desperate move of sowing fear among our people. Hence, I urge the peace-loving Tausug people to strongly condemn this un-Islamic and treacherous act of the ASG,” Major General Vinluan added.

Meanwhile, the relatives of the victims and the Suluanos community expressed their willingness to assist the law enforcers in tracking down the ASG and signified their commitment to hunt down ASG members entering their communities.

“We deeply condemn this very deceitful act of the Abu Sayyaf, who do not in any way represent the Islamic way of living,” Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, AFP WestMinCom Commander said.

“We would like to extend our sympathy to the bereaved families of the victims of the Sayyafs inhumane act. Rest assured all sorts of assistance will be provided as our simple way of commisseration,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.

Ora in Patikul, Sulu, two explosions transpired at about 7:30 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. yesterday in Sitio Lungan Guitong, Brgy. Igasan, Patikul, Sulu.

Investigation revealed that while members of the Army “s 13th Special Forces Company and a K-9 Unit were conducting clearing operations in the area,  a second explosion occured ten meters away from the first explosion.

As a result, Corporal Rene Medina  of  the K9 Platoon suffered multiple shrapnel wounds in the lower part of his body.

At the crime scene, visible were debris of shredded metal parts of a pipe. These debris were similar to those which had been recovered in both Indanan and Jolo bombings, said Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office Director, Brigadier General Marni C. Marcos Jr.

The wounded AFP personnel was immediately brought to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Hospital Station in  Bgy Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu.

With Zaida Delos Reyes