4 hurt in Basilan rescue mission

Noning Antonio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2016 03:40 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY - At least four government forces were hurt in an attempt to rescue six Vietnamese sailors being held by suspected Abu Sayyaf in Basilan on Friday night.

Government forces were conducting a foot patrol in Dugaa, Tuburan when an undetermined number of bandits attacked troops from the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion and Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit around 8 p.m., military said.

The troops retaliated, resulting in an encounter which injured two soldiers and two CAFGU members.

The military operation is still ongoing, according to authorities.