- Six members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were killed in Basilan
- The Philippine Army’s 68th Infantry Battalion recovered a body of a slain bandit
- Troops from other Army units were deployed to block possible escape routes of the fleeing Abu Sayyaf bandits
Six members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were killed in an encounter with government security forces in Basilan on Saturday, February 24.
Sun Star mentioned in its story dated February 24, 2018 that clash took place around 8:45 in the morning at Sitio Pali, Barangay Abong-Abong in Maluso town.
Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade commander, said firefight ensued after troops from the Army’s 68th Infantry Battalion who were on combat operations encountered the bandits.
The chief of Maluso Police, Senior Inspector Faizal Tandico, said six bandits were killed in the clash. The bandits flee, but troops pursued them.
Brigadier General Uy said troops recovered a body of a slain Abu Sayyaf member and a firearm at the site of the clash. He ordered troops from the Special Forces Battalion, 64th Infantry Brigade and 18th Infantry Brigade to block the possible escape routes of the bandits.