Military captures Abu Sayyaf camp in Basilan

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Posted at Jun 18 2017 03:04 PM

An Abu Sayyaf camp was captured by military troops. Photo: 4th Special Forces Battallion

MANILA - Government troops seized an Abu Sayyaf camp in the town of Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan last Friday, the military said.

First Lt. Ron Villarosa, spokesperson for the Army's 4th Special Forces Battalion, said the camp was harboring Furuji Indama and Radzmil Janatul, sub leaders of the terrorist group.

The raid, he said, was conducted by Task Group Hunter after a series of air strikes and artillery fire by the Air Force's 3rd Air Division and the Army's 8th Field Artillery Battalion.

Villarosa said the military recovered two M16 rifles, one M653 "baby armalite," one M1 Garand, ammunition and bomb-making equipment.

They also found 4 sacks of rice, solar panels, personal items and documents of high intelligence value, including one believed to be from a kidnapped Vietnamese.

An Abu Sayyaf camp was captured by military troops. Photo: 4th Special Forces Battallion

Lt. Col. Andre Bacala Jr, head of Task Force Hunter, said flesh and bloodstains were seen around the camp, indicating the Abu Sayyaf suffered casulaties.

"The enemy suffered heavy casualties as evident from the massive bloodstains and several identifiable human flesh," he said, adding that the bandits were surprised by their offensive.

Bacala said they followed bloodstains left by the bandits and discovered another temporary encampment nearby. The camp, he said, was big enough for 30 people.

An Abu Sayyaf camp was captured by military troops. Photo: 4th Special Forces Battallion

The military also recovered a bloodied bandoleer loaded with ammunition, another solar panel, cooking utensils and several personal items with bloodstains.

Former members of the Abu Sayyaf who surrendered to the government told the military that the group is low in ammunition because Basilan residents do not support them anymore.

Col. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan said they will continue offensives against the Abu Sayyaf.