Seven government troopers were wounded during an hour-long clash on Bud Pawis, Old Panamao, Sulu as five suspected Abu Sayyf bandits were killed on February 11, 2018.
According to Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., the commander of the Western Mindanao Command, the clash started at around 4:15 a.m.as government troops were conducting operation to secure kidnap victims being held by Abu Sayyaf leaders, Sansibar Bensio and Hatib Munap Binda.
Col. Armel Tolato, the commander of the Marines Ready Force in Sulu, said that they were trying to rescue, in particular, Filipino kidnap victim Jade Quimpo.
The bandits encountered by elements of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 (MBLT3) headed by Lt. Col. Ramil Densing numbered about 30 according to Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu. He also said that the operation actually started on evening of February 10, 2018.
“Upon arrival in the area, our troops were fired upon by the enemy, resulting in an exchange of gun fire,” Sobejana said.
Sobejana said that the bandits eventually withdrew and were still being pursued by ground troops.
The five slain bandits were identified by Tolato as Mikdad Juhurim, Annib Black, Tasom Hammiri, Undil Hussin, and a certain Roger. He said pursuing troopers also recovered firearms and ammunition.
He also said that four of the wounded troopers have been flown to Zambonga City due to severe injuries. The three others suffered minor wounds, he said.