Abu bandits attack Army camp in Basilan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2012 05:05 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2012 01:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A military detachment in the town of Sumisip, Basilan was twice attacked by members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) on Monday, a military official said.

Col. Carlito Galvez, commander of the Army's 104th Brigade, said on Tuesday that the attack occurred at around 9 a.m. at the Candiis detachment in Barangay Upper Cabengbeng.

He said at least 6 gunmen opened fire at the detachment, which he said was a former lair of the terrorist group.

Galvez said the attack resulted in a brief gunfight, eventually forcing the terrorists to retreat.

After noon, however, Galvez said the gunmen returned and fired at the detachment anew.

Galvez said no one was killed or injured from the government side, but he said the attackers suffered an undetermined number of casualties.

"They could be testing our defenses," said Galvez.

1st Infantry Division spokesman Capt. Albert Caber, meanwhile, said the terrorists were led by a certain Commander Botong.

"The armed Abu Sayyaf elements withdrew (due) to timely and accurate of mortar fires on the bandits, in support of the engaged troops. Evidently, the rogue elements want to regain possession of the said detachment that will again serve as their observation post to provide them great tactical advantage in the area against government troops," said Caber.

Galvez said the incident was the fourth attack perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf since July.